Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) | Los Angeles, CA | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

If your baby needs extra medical care after delivery, rely on the compassionate experts in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Level III NICU

Rest assured, you’ll find the care your baby needs at PIH Health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes us as a level III NICU. That means we have the expertise and technology to help babies who:

  • Are born as early as 22 weeks
  • Weigh less than a pound
  • Have short-term health needs

Hospitals in the area often transfer babies who need extra medical attention to PIH Health.

Expert Neonatal Care

Your baby receives 24/7 monitoring and care from a care team that may include:

  • Chaplains – Provide emotional and spiritual support to people of all faiths
  • Dietitians – Make sure your baby gets the needed nutrition for growth and development
  • Lactation consultants – Support your abilities with breastfeeding
  • Neonatologists – Has special training to take care of sick newborns
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP) – Works with neonatologists to provide care for sick newborns
  • Nurses – Cares for newborns during their stay in the NICU
  • Occupational therapists (OT) – Helps your baby feed, swallow and develop proper movement in his or her arms and legs
  • Pharmacist – Manages medications
  • Respiratory therapists – Help your baby breath
  • Social worker – Connects families to local resources
  • Case Manager – Helps with managing insurance and follow-up care needs

Kangaroo Care

When your baby is in the hospital longer than expected, life changes for your whole family. Depend on us to help you with kangaroo care when you hold your baby against your chest skin-to-skin to support bonding and your baby’s development. 

Visiting Policy

Parents have 24-hour open visiting privileges and are encouraged to visit or call to check their baby’s progress as often as they like.

Follow-Up Care

Work with your neonatal team to learn how to care for your baby. You’ll learn how to feed, bathe and care for your little one in preparation for going home. Take advantage of our classes and support groups such as:

  • Parent support groups
  • Breastfeeding support groups
  • Infant CPR classes for family members

Turn to PIH Health pediatrics to monitor your baby’s health and development after you leave the hospital. You’ll benefit from working with doctors dedicated to caring for kids.