Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
If your baby is born prematurely (28 weeks gestation or older) or with a medical condition that requires specialized attention, our neonatal specialists are ready to provide an advanced level of care for your newborn in an environment that is specially designed to nurture development and growth. Yuma Regional’s 20-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is licensed as a Level III NICU, which means we are trained and equipped to care for the smallest and most medically-challenged newborn babies.
Our team approach provides the best possible care for newborns who need special medical attention such as breathing assistance and nutritional support. Your baby’s care team may include neonatologists (newborn intensive care specialists), registered nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, case managers, speech therapists and physical therapists. Lactation consultants are also available to help with successful breastfeeding. Babies in the NICU can also receive a special human milk-based formula designed specifically for premature infants and donated by new moms with excess milk supply. This important nutritional support is provided through our partnership with Prolacta.
Babies who are delivered at 30 weeks or less are assessed and screened for Retinopathy of Prematurity, a retina disease that can develop in premature babies. If identified, an ophthalmologist will regularly monitor your baby’s condition and provide any necessary treatments.
Our neonatal team works closely with you and your family while your baby is in the NICU. You will receive regular progress updates as well as specific recommendations based on your baby’s age and developmental needs. Yuma Regional’s Spiritual Care staff is also available to offer emotional and spiritual support.