The NICU (Neonatal ICU)

We hope that your baby will never have to visit our amazing NICU, but just in case...

Huntington Hospital has one of the biggest, busiest and best NICU’s in Southern California. There is a NICU physician in the hospital 24-hours-a-day. During delivery, there may be circumstances where we need to have the neonatal team at the birth. Some reasons for this are meconium-stained amniotic fluid, fetal distress or premature birth, to name a few.

When the “team” is present, right after delivery the baby is placed in the warming bed and they begin their evaluation. Afterwards, they may decide that the baby needs to be admitted directly to the NICU, but usually they determine that the baby is fine and can proceed to the normal newborn nursery.

The Parent Connection

The Parent Connection is a group of volunteer parents who have personally experienced hospitalization or complications during pregnancy and/or the hospitalization of a newborn or child in pediatrics. They offer support and resources to families of hospitalized and discharged NICU patients.

Coffee Breaks
Did you know that our Thursday night and Saturday morning "Coffee Breaks" are available to families of premature and critically ill newborns of all ages? Whether your baby is in the unit now or an NICU graduate, our breaks are a popular way to relax, de-stress and meet other families who have experienced similar situations.

Please join us for coffee, juice and cookies at our twice weekly "Coffee Breaks" in the Neonatal Waiting Room. We also host "Pizza Nights" (last Thursday of the month), and Baby Showers (held quarterly). The breaks are hosted by a Parent Connection Volunteer who has experienced the hospitalization of a newborn.

Thursday, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, 10:30 am to 12 noon
Location: Neonatal Waiting Room

If your baby is admitted to the NICU, be sure to take advantage of the support offered by The Parent Connection. For more information, call 626-397-8509.