Overcoming Obstacles at a Young Age
It is difficult for a baby born at any age to transition into the world. Being born prematurely or with a congenital birth anomaly makes the transition even harder. These babies are in need of the highest quality care and are admitted into an area of the hospital known as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Miller Children’s & Women's Hospital Long Beach features a Level III (tertiary) NICU which is the highest designation available from the state. Such designation means the unit must meet strict state regulatory criteria to provide the necessary care for very sick infants who need immediate surgery, or who weigh less than 2 pounds. Many hospitals in the area surrounding Miller Children’s do not have the personnel, a NICU or the resources to care for very sick infants and therefore transport their babies to Miller Children’s.
The care team of dedicated physicians, nurses, therapists and other staff, combined with state-of-the-art technology, work to save the fragile lives of infants born too sick or too early. The neonatal intensive care team provides developmentally supportive and family centered care through multiple programs including the Wee Care Program, Skin-to-Skin Care, lactation support and the March of Dimes NICU Family Support.