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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 — within seconds of our delivery rooms.

We are the county's only medical center with both a regional NICU, and labor and delivery services in the same hospital. This means that if your baby is critically ill or premature, he or she is less likely to need to be transported to another hospital. The safety net of advanced speciality care can be reassuring if you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, or if you simply want added peace of mind.

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

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