Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)



The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach is well known for providing life-saving care. It was featured in the book, “Baby E.R.: The Heroic Doctors and Nurses Who Perform Medicine’s Tiniest Miracles,” by Edward Humes, and on the Discovery Health Channel’s “Babies: Special Delivery.”

Tertiary Care for Premature & Critical Care Newborns

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach is one of 22 hospitals in California to feature a Level III NICU–the highest designation available from the State. In order to receive this designation, the unit must meet strict state regulatory criteria to provide the necessary care for very sick infants who need immediate surgery, or who weigh less than two pounds. The babies and their families are supported by many professionals who specialize in the care of neonates. Continuous care from board certified/eligible neonatologists, registered nurses (RNs) and registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This specialized team uses state-of-the-art technology to treat their tiny patients, resulting in one of the highest risk-adjusted survival rates.


  • 24-hour:
    • In-house coverage by board certified/eligible neonatologists
    • Interpreter Services
    • Medical Social Work coverage
    • Pediatric Physician Subspecialty coverage
    • Perinatology and Anesthesiology coverage
    • NICU Specific Respiratory Care Services
    • NICU Specific Registered Nurse Care
  • California Children’s Services (CCS) approved provider
  • Certified Hearing Screening Center
  • Child Life Program/Sibling Support
  • Clinical and Basic Science Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Surgical Services
  • Cuddler Volunteer Program
  • Infant CPR Training for Parents/Family
  • Multidisciplinary Transport Team
  • Neonatal Cardiac Program
  • Neonatal Case Management and Discharge Planning
  • Neonatal Parent Educator
  • Neonatal Clinical Dieticians/Nutritionists
  • Neonatal/Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapists
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Home Health
  • Neonatal/Perinatal Research Program
  • Outpatient Specialty Care Centers, Clinics & Programs
  • Pain Management Program
  • Parent Education & Support Program (Bilingual-Spanish)
  • UCI Physician Residency Training/ Neonatal Fellowship Training Program