Babies who are born early or with health issues need the very best care. We have the training, technology, and experience to provide the most advanced care possible to help newborns with challenges in their first days.
Babies are admitted to the NICU for a variety of reasons. Some require help with less severe conditions such as jaundice or feeding issues.
Others may need more support physically or developmentally if they have any of the following conditions:
If your baby needs the NICU, your Intermountain Health provider will make a referral as part of your birth experience.
Providers at all locations can consult 24/7 with our highly-trained NICU specialists and, if needed, transfer your baby to the NICU location that meets their needs.
When choosing where to give birth, the critical care available to your newborn is important.
NICUs are rated from Level I to Level IV based on various factors, such as the age of the babies they can care for. Intermountain Health is home to the leading Level IV NICU in the Mountain West.
All of our hospitals and birth centers have 24/7 access to highly-trained neonatal specialists and the advanced technology needed to provide the very best care for your little one.
If your baby needs a higher level of care, our specialists will work together to determine the best treatment or arrange for your baby to receive care at a location that provides that level of care.
If you’d like more information on what level your nearest NICU is, speak to your birthing provider.
As a parent, you are welcome in the NICU any time, day or night, and you’re encouraged to take an active part in caring for your baby. You can also call the NICU anytime for updates about your baby’s progress.
Each hospital will update you on their visiting guidelines when you and your baby arrive.
To protect the health of babies in the NICU:
Having a baby in the NICU can be overwhelming. To help you find strength through the journey, many of our hospitals have support groups and patient advisory councils to connect current NICU parents with former NICU parents.
In addition, some hospitals host monthly activities, like scrapbooking, for NICU families to interact with one another in a supportive and enjoyable environment.
In cases where you may be ready to leave the hospital but your little one still needs care in the NICU, many of our facilities offer guest rooms in the hospital to allow you to be close to your baby.
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