Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Sometimes, things don’t go exactly as planned. When this happens, it is important to know your baby will be in the best possible hands. When a baby requires immediate specialized emergency care, a neonatal team is available 24 hours a day, every day — within seconds of any delivery room at UCSD Medical Center.

The UCSD Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a highly specialized, nationally recognized center of excellence providing the highest level of care available for newborns. Experienced nurses, respiratory therapists, neonatal nurse practitioners and other support personnel work with neonatologists.  A 49-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit, UCSD can care for more than 900 newborns per year.

UCSD is the only medical center in San Diego to have both a Regional NICU and a labor and delivery service in the same facility. This means that if  a baby needs special care, he or she need not be transported to another hospital. This can be reassuring when experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, and adds the peace of mind of knowing the most advanced care is available should a baby need it.