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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 Health'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 receive exceptional specialty care. Our Level III NICU offers prompt access to neonatal specialists 24 hours a day, every day.

The safety net of advanced specialty care may be reassuring if you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, or if you simply want added peace of mind.

Services within the NICU also include specialized lactation support through our highly experienced lactation consultants and the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program.

In 2016, UC San Diego Health will open a new NICU at Jacobs Medical Center with all private rooms and the most advanced, least invasive technologies for our tiniest patients. The private rooms are designed to encourage a high-touch environment for neonates and their parents and to conform to best practices for reducing infection risk.

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