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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)


Patient Story


The Smerud twins were born at 30 weeks and 4 days. In this video, their parents Jenny and Scott talk about their stay in UC San Diego's NICU and the care they received.

About Dr. Lawrence Prince

Dr. Lawrence Prince 

Dr. Prince is chief of Neonatology and an expert on low birth weight and respiratory distress, and fetal lung development.

If the unexpected happens, it is important to know your baby will be in the best possible hands. If your baby requires immediate, specialized emergency care, a neonatal team is available 24 hours a day, every day — within seconds of any delivery room at UC San Diego Medical Center.

The 49-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a highly specialized, nationally recognized center. Highly experienced neonatologists work with neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists to provide excellent care for more than 900 newborns from around the county each year.

UC San Diego 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 your baby needs special care, he or she need not be transported to another hospital. This can be reassuring if you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, or if you simply want the added peace of mind of knowing the most advanced care is available should your baby need it.

Additionally, we offer specialized lactation support through our highly experienced lactation consultants and the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program.

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