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CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital NICU

CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric health care facility for families in south Orange County. Our “hospital within a hospital,” located on the fifth floor of Mission Hospital, includes a state-of-the-art 22-bed, Level 3 NICU where we provide critical care for newborns. Our neonatal care teams are able to be present during high-risk births at Mission Hospital and our board-certified neonatologists are in-house 24 hours a day. The NICU has an all-RN nursing staff with special experience treating multiple births such as twins and triplets. Our staff is always in close communication with moms staying a few floors down, either on bed rest prior to delivery or recovering after delivery, to ensure they are comfortable and able to participate in their baby’s care.

CHOC Mission NICU

The Latest Technology and Comforts

The CHOC Mission NICU includes two isolation rooms as well as special rooms designed for the protection and comfort of small, premature babies. All beds have the latest histogram monitor systems that allow staff to track vital signs at a highly detailed level, and several of the beds are equipped for long-term video EEG monitoring. At the moment of delivery, babies are placed in a warmed shuttle bed that is transported to the NICU and remains their bed for their entire stay, protecting babies from hypothermia and other complications that can occur if a baby is moved frequently. CHOC Mission was also one of the first children’s hospitals in California to offer NICVIEW webcam technology, allowing families to see real-time, live video of their infant remotely, from anywhere they can log on to the Internet.

Parents are welcome on the unit 24 hours a day and are encouraged to participate in team rounding to collaborate on decisions about their baby’s care. Our Ronald McDonald Family Room just down the hall offers two sleep rooms, a kitchen and shower facilities for families to use anytime during their stay. We also provide in-room accommodations for parents to room-in with their babies prior to going home, to prepare them for life after the NICU.

Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Mom holding baby skin-to-skin

CHOC is committed to patient- and family-centered care, no more so than in our NICU, where families are an important part of a baby’s care team and have access to a number of support services. Parents are invited to attend daily interdisciplinary rounding with a baby’s team, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and other specialists. All members of the care team are in close communication with each other and with families to ensure the best decisions are being made with as much input from the team as possible. Families are further comforted by our family support liaisons, a surrogate program that ensures a baby has a trusted family member or friend nearby when parents are away, volunteer cuddlers who provide extra comfort to babies, lactation consultants, spiritual care services and child life specialists who are on hand to help siblings understand what’s happening with their brother or sister in the NICU.

Serving Families in South County

The Next Best Thing To Mom
Mother Nature has already provided the perfect place for your baby to grow — you. But for babies born prematurely, our NICU at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is a close second.


Webcam System Connects Parents with Babies in the NICU
For parents who have to keep their little ones in the NICU at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital for treatment, there is special technology to ensure families can be together and bond with their newborns when they can’t be at the bedside.


Finally, a Family
After years of trying to start a family, Breanne and Kristopher Kessler were ecstatic to learn they were expecting twins. But when Breanne was only 30 weeks pregnant, something went wrong. The team at the CHOC Mission NICU was ready.


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CHOC Mission

CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital NICU
27700 Medical Center Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
949-365-2417

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CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine