For babies who need more critical care services, we have our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the Peninsula, Riverside Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is an extraordinary place where neonatologists nurses, respiratory therapists, and other specialists work closely with families to help these special babies get off to a good start.
In our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we care for premature and extremely premature babies who need months of care, as well as newborns who just need a couple of days of extra attention. In our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we provide CPAP, mechanical ventilation and high frequency ventilation to support the infant’s breathing. Many of our incubators remain covered to protect the babies from the light and noise, so they can rest and put all their energy towards growing strong.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is located on the south wing of the second floor between Labor and Delivery and the Women and Infant Unit. From the main lobby at Riverside Regional Medical Center, you will take the elevator to the second floor. You will need to enter through the security doors to Labor and Delivery and follow the signs to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Parents can visit their newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 24 hours a day, with the exception of shift change times (6:30-8:00am, 6:30-8:00pm), when we ask parents to step out for a few minutes to allow the nursing staff to carefully communicate the care needs of each infant as one shift leaves and the new shift arrives. We ask that only two visitors be at the bedside at one time. Siblings of the infant may visit in the Nursery with a parent. One visitor may accompany the mother or the other individual wearing the second matching band. Our Family Waiting Room, located in the main hallway, is available for your use. Parents may also call (757) 594-3451 anytime to check on baby.
Neonatologists are pediatricians who have completed additional training in the care of newborns and pre-term infants. Our neonatologists and their team of specially trained neonatal nurse practitioners provide state-of-the-art care for our neonates.