Newborn and Postpartum Care

Newborn Care

Newborn Care

We're nationally known for our breastfeeding support and encourage skin-to-skin care. Learn about how we support you in caring for your newborn, including routine health screenings for infants. 

Learn more about how UC San Diego Health cares for newborns.

Postpartum Care and Visiting New Families

Baby on Mothers Chest

As our mothers and new babies recover, we practice family-centered care, where fathers and support people are welcome. We encourage parents to bond with their infants through rooming in and caring for their newborns.

Learn more about postpartum care or visitor information.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICUs)

Baby in NICU

Both of our hospitals offer NICUs for babies who need special care, including a Level II Intermediate NICU at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and a Level III NICU at Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla. Our NICUs also offer highly experienced lactation consultants through the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program.


Breastfeeding Assistance

Woman Breastfeeding

We're committed to supporting families who choose to breastfeed. We combine the unique skills of physicians, nurse practitioners, certified lactation consultants and lactation educators to provide support for you and your baby. 

Learn about our Lactation Service.

Maternal Mental Health

Mother and Baby

Many woman have symptoms of anxiety or depression after childbirth or during pregnancy. Others have questions about whether they can continue previously prescribed medication while pregnant or breastfeeding. Our compassionate experts can recommend safe, effective treatments to help you enjoy this stage of your life.

Learn more about Maternal Mental Health.