Grown hand hold premature baby
18300 Highway 18, 2nd Floor, Apple Valley, CA 92307

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

St. Mary Medical Center

2207.8 miles away
24 hours a day, seven days a week
Grown hand hold premature baby

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

St. Mary Medical Center

24 hours a day, seven days a week

By working closely with each parent and creating a supportive and compassionate environment, the neonatology team at St. Mary Medical Center NICU provides empathetic, comforting, and highly specialized care for critically ill babies.

Family-centered care

We understand the stress parents face when their child is in intensive care, which is why we provide family-centered care that ensures you as a parent play an active role in the treatment and recovery of your baby.

We recommend parents participate in their baby’s care as the medical condition allows. Talk to your baby in a soft, gentle tone. You may bring pictures for your baby to look at or a small toy that can sit next to the baby's bed. Parents are encouraged to hold their baby skin to skin (kangaroo care) to provide warmth, comfort and bonding.

The NICU is directed by neonatologists who have advanced training in the care of sick and premature newborns. With careful collaboration, the team assesses any respiratory disorders, blood disorders, heart problems, growth problems, infections or other conditions affecting your baby to determine the most effective treatments. Along with you, your infant’s personal care team consists of:

  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Physical/Occupational Therapists
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Dietitians
  • Social Workers

In an effort to provide top quality care, St. Mary Medical intensive infant care promotes:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Skin-to-skin bonding (kangaroo care)
  • Rooming-in prior to infant discharge

We encourage parents to visit their baby as often as possible. Grandparents can visit the baby as well, as long they’re accompanied by the baby’s parent. You are limited to two visitors at the bedside at one time. All visitors to the NICU must be free from illness.