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Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Newborns needing critical tertiary and quaternary care -- most often premature babies suffering from respiratory and circulatory problems -- can be admitted just minutes after birth. Our 67-bed NICU includes four multi-patient rooms, six single care rooms, four private rooms for "rooming in," and two four-bed suites. The unit also features a two-bed Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) unit. The life-saving ECMO unit is the only one of its kind in Orange County and CHOC also offers Orange County's only ECMO transport unit.

Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires special care. In the US, nearly 13 percent of babies are born preterm, and many of these babies also have low birthweights. Twins, triplets, and other multiples often are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single birth babies. Babies with medical conditions such as heart problems, infections, or birth defects are also cared for in the NICU.

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Dr. Soliman, CHOC Children's, Low Birth Weight in Infants Dr. Soliman, CHOC Children's, Low Birth Weight in Infants
In this segment from American Health Journal, Dr. Antoine Soliman, CHOC Children's, discusses what extremely low birth weight can mean for the baby.
Skin-to-Skin - CHOC Children's Skin-to-Skin - CHOC Children's
One way to bond with you baby is by holdling your baby directly skin-to-skin. Not only does this provide a special closeness, it has beewn shown to help a baby maintain body warmth, sleep better, gain weight, and improve mom’s breastmilk production.
Handwashing - CHOC Children's Handwashing - CHOC Children's
One of the most important things you can do to help your baby stay healthy is hand washing. It is the single most vital way to prevent the spread of infection.
Sights and Sounds in the NICU - CHOC Children's Sights and Sounds in the NICU - CHOC Children's
You will hear the beeps and alarms of monitors in the NICU and we understand it can be disconcerting. Please know that these alarms are there to assist the medical team in monitoring your baby.
Cell Phone Use in the NICU - CHOC Children's Cell Phone Use in the NICU - CHOC Children's
Cellular phones may interfere with medical equipment. For this reason, cellular phones must be “in airplane mode” while in the NICU.
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