Mom smiling at sleeping newborn baby in hospital

When a baby is born needing extra care, there’s no better place to be than Children’s Hospital at Providence. Our Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers a full range of neonatal medical specialists who are ready every day, around the clock, to take care of the most critically ill newborns. We’re here for babies born at our center and for babies born elsewhere in Alaska. If a baby needs our care, we can get them here.

Our 66-bed NICU is a regional referral center for our state, and we serve all Alaskans including Alaska Native and military families. We help newborns who are:

  • Born as early as 22 weeks’ gestation and weighing as little as 1 pound, 1 ounce
  • Born with an infection
  • Born with a congenital condition such as spina bifida, bowel problems or heart defects
  • Stressed during birth and need additional attention

We provide state-of-the-art, compassionate care for sick and premature newborns. Our interdisciplinary team has received national recognition for advances in quality and safety, as well as our family-centered care. We understand that families need to be involved in their baby’s care, and we keep you informed every step of the way.

We also keep your pediatrician updated about your child’s care and condition. This makes the transition home easier for both you and your baby and ensures coordinated care after your baby goes home.

We understand how difficult having a sick baby can be, and we offer the following resources to make things go smoothly:

  • NICU Transport Team. We partner with LifeMed transport services to pick up newborns from around the state who need Level III care and bring them to our NICU.
  • Parents-for-Parents. This is a supportive network of parents whose babies received care at our NICU. Their experience gives them unique insights into NICU care and they can offer tips on how to care for babies who are in the NICU.
  • Parent navigators. These guides can help you understand your child’s care and get help from services such as social workers, financial counselors and spiritual advisors.