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Reasons Your Baby May Need to Stay in the NICU

Our NICU delivers lifesaving care to newborns having difficulty breathing, feeding and adapting to life outside the womb. We have a depth of experience from treating more than 700 babies a year. This allows our team to provide comprehensive, compassionate and expert care for newborns who experience complications after birth.

Additional reasons your baby may need to come to the NICU include:

  • Prematurity: Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy
  • Low birth weight: Babies born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces
  • Infections: Including brain infections (meningitis) and lung infections (pneumonia)
  • Blood diseases such as jaundice
  • Heart conditions
  • Difficulty maintaining body heat

On rare occasions, it may be necessary to transfer your baby to a NICU at a different hospital. If your baby needs surgery or advanced breathing support (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO), we work closely with our NICU partners from nearby hospitals to coordinate your baby’s safe transport and treatment.

Call 310-900-7912 to speak to someone at the Family Life Center.