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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Room at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is a special nursery for newborns needing extra care and attention, such as those born prematurely, sick, or with complications. Often, babies are admitted within 24 hours after birth and haven’t left the hospital yet. How long they stay depends on the severity of their health challenges.

The unit features some of the most advanced equipment in the state. In fact, our NICU is a certified level 2 Enhanced Qualifications unit, which means high-risk mothers and newborns requiring selective continuing care receive a very high level of specialty care. It also means our NICU does not electively deliver infants less than 28 weeks gestation.

Our NICU—a complete, comprehensive experience under one roof
      • 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

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. 

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