Caring for Babies in our NICU

There are many physical and emotional stresses associated with an early or difficult birth, for both babies and their families. The Family Birth Center at Marin General Hospital has a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), located on the Fourth Floor, Central Wing, in our Family Birth Center. Our NICU, the only one in Marin County, is fully equipped to care for infants needing extra medical attention. The NICU is staffed around-the-clock with an in-house pediatric hospitalist who specializes in neonatology (the care of newborns) and with nurses certified in neonatology. The care team also collaborates with the infant's private physician and we consult with the UCSF Benioff Neonatology team 24/7. The health of a sick newborn can change very rapidly. To ensure the best possible care for the infants in our NICU, our interdisciplinary team meets twice a day to discuss every tiny patient.

A Fully Equipped NICU

Our NICU recently acquired new beds for its tiny patients. We have an array of technologies and services on hand to meet the special needs of preemies and sick newborns:

  • Our specialized equipment includes isolettes, ventilators, intravenous pumps, radiant warmers, and pulse oximeters.
  • Services include advanced respiratory therapy, developmental care, phototherapy, daily nutrition consultation, access to an NICU pharmacists, lactation assistance, and family support.
  • We offer expanded testing and screenings for newborns, and we have onsite audiology equipment for hearing screenings.

Helping Families Cope and Care for Fragile Babies

The staff and physicians at the NICU look after babies as well as their families, respecting and nurturing the bond between them during the child's path to recovery. Caring for a delicate, underweight baby can feel simply overwhelming. Even activities such as nursing or bathing a healthy baby can be intimidating. We offer special support for parents of our NICU babies, including:

  • Rooms parents can stay in overnight while their baby is in the NICU (depends on availability)
  • Hands-on instruction in feeding and diapering their NICU baby
  • One complimentary meal a day for the partner as long as the mother is still hospitalized
  • Massage and other forms of mind-body therapy and relaxation provided to parents of NICU babies by our Center for Integrative Health & Wellness