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Programs & Services

Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Programs and Services

Phoenix Children’s offers a number of programs and services for the expert care of newborns and support for their families.

Specialty Clinical Centers, Programs and Services

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Program. Our NICU offers advanced care for babies with lung, heart and airway abnormalities resulting from premature birth.
  • Developmental play group: These instructional classes, led by a developmental specialist, support early psychological and sensory input in the development of infants.
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Similar to a heart/lung bypass machine, this technology supports an infant's heart and lungs while they heal.
  • High-frequency ventilation. This technology delivers oxygen to an infant's lungs.
  • Lactation and nutrition support. Our team of lactation consultants and nutritionists support mothers who wish to breastfeed or supply breastmilk to their baby in the NICU. We also have a donor breastmilk program.
  • Neuro-NICU. The only one of its kind in Arizona, the neuro-NICU provides specialized care for babies with neurological injuries and conditions.
  • Nitric oxide. This is a blend of oxygen and nitrogen that is given to a baby through a breathing machine to increase blood flow to lungs.
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy. Specially trained physical, occupational and speech therapists work with infants in our NICU to support their healthy growth and development.

Family-Focused Programs and Services

Leaving your newborn baby in the NICU is not easy. To help you and your family during your baby’s stay at Phoenix Children’s, we offer family-focused support services like:

  • Local lodging. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona offers two nearby Ronald McDonald House locations for the families of babies in our NICU. To be eligible to stay, you must live more than 30 miles from Phoenix Children’s. Our social work team can help you with these arrangements.
  • Mental health support. A certified mental health specialist is on hand to support your mental health needs.
  • Nesting rooms. Families preparing to take their baby home after a stay in our NICU have the opportunity to nest with their baby. This allows families to stay overnight with their baby and provides them time to work with our nursing team to understand any special needs their baby may have once they are out of the hospital.
  • Virtual Visit Program. Bedside cameras connected to a secure video feed allow families to “visit” with their baby, even when they are unable to be here in person. Learn more about the Virtual Visit Program.

Other Support Programs

  • Arts-in-medicine. Phoenix Children’s participates in Beads of Courage, a worldwide arts-in-medicine program providing support for children facing serious illness. The program also supports the families and healthcare providers of those children.
  • NICU reunion events. NICU “graduates” and families of babies who have spent time in our NICU at Phoenix Children’s are invited to a NICU reunion event. This event allows families to share their stories and celebrate successes.
  • Quiet time: We observe quiet time in our NICU twice each day. This promotes bonding time for families and helps with health and healing for our fragile patients.
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