Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
At Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, you can take comfort in knowing that we offer a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where we can provide high-level care for premature and critically ill babies. For more than 20 years, our NICU has provided advanced critical care to the Central Coast’s tiniest, most fragile babies. Our facility is currently the only Level III NICU in San Luis Obispo County and very rarely do babies need to be transferred out of the area for care. We have the capability and resources to care for newborn infants with extreme prematurity (23 or more weeks gestation) or who are critically ill.
Should your baby need intensive care, our neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide advanced care. Our compassionate, highly skilled NICU staff also includes respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, lactation specialists, nutritionists and social workers.
Support for Your Family
Having a newborn in the NICU can be stressful to say the least, but we work closely with the parents and families of each newborn, providing support and encouragement on a daily basis. Parents are encouraged to participate in the care of their newborn and are taught how to interact and respond to their basic needs in a mutually beneficial and non-threatening way. With the exception of rare times, parents are invited to stay with their babies any time of day.
We encourage parents to connect with one another to share stories and ask questions. Each Thursday from noon to 1pm in the 2nd Floor Physical Therapy Gym at Sierra Vista, we have a NICU Support Group for parents to share experiences and learn from our team of medical professionals. Topics often covered during the meetings include adjusting at home, managing sleep, postpartum depression, family communication and feeding issues. All NICU parents and families with complicated deliveries are welcome.
We also have a Sierra Vista NICU support group on Facebook.
NICU Infant Follow-Up Program
The High Risk Infant Follow-Up Program at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive developmental follow-up to eligible graduates of the neonatal intensive care unit. Our multidisciplinary team provides infant development assessments, parent support and family education. We work closely with your pediatrician and other medical professionals involved in the care of your child to promote optimal growth and development.
The follow-up program is staffed by doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists and social workers.
You can learn more about neonatal intensive care at Sierra Vista by calling us at (855) 874-8446.