Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Specialized Care for Your Baby

When a newborn needs special care and attention, the 30-bed, private room neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is prepared with a highly trained team and advanced care methods. Our dedicated team is focused on collaboration to give your child the best care possible. Our highly experienced team includes:

  • Doctors and nurses all have additional training in newborn care
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Lactation specialists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Developmental specialists
  • Respiratory care practitioners
  • Social workers

Babies Who Need the NICU

Babies who need care at the NICU are often admitted within 24 hours of birth, usually before they have left the hospital. Typically these newborns are born prematurely, sick or have complications occur during birth. How long these babies stay in the NICU depends on the severity of their health challenges.

Advanced Care for Special Newborns

The NICU at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is a certified level 2 Enhanced Qualifications unit. This means we are prepared to care for high-risk mothers and newborns requiring continuing care. Our unit features some of the most advanced medical equipment in the state. At the NICU you’ll find a complete, comprehensive care experience that includes:

  • The only private, 30-bed NICU in southern Arizona
  • 24-hour, in-house neonatologist, a pediatrician specializing in the care of premature or ill newborns
  • Developmental Care Program for premature infants
  • Lactation consultants—inpatient and outpatient support on site
  • 34 new, private mother-baby Couplet Care rooms
  • Strong family-centered care philosophy

Keeping Families Connected

At Carondelet we know that even when your baby needs special care, it’s important you are given the time you need together. That’s why your family is welcome to participate in the care of your baby.

We also encourage parents, especially those with premature infants, to participate in Kangaroo Care — a form of skin-to-skin contact that encourages bonding, interaction and cuddling between parents and small babies. This approach has been shown to have big emotional and psychological benefits. Kangaroo Care also helps newborns breastfeed, get restful sleep and regulate their body temperature.