Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) | UC Davis Children's Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Expert infant care for Northern California families

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a level IV-designated nursery for the Sacramento region, providing expert clinical care for newborns.

UC Davis neonatologist with parent and infant in NICU room
Pediatric Services

UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a designated Level IV nursery (the highest possible rating) for the Sacramento region, providing clinical care for infants who are born prematurely, are extremely ill or require surgery.

The NICU admits infants who are either born at UC Davis or are transferred from other hospitals within our 33-county service area that stretches from Central California to the Oregon and Nevada borders.

Conditions we treat

The 49-bed combined NICU and special care nursery are staffed by neonatal caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working with subspecialists in other fields, such as cardiology and pulmonology, our neonatologists provide expert care for infants with a variety of congenital and acquired health conditions, including:

  • Prematurity
  • Respiratory (breathing) needs
  • Surgical needs
  • Withdrawal
Getting in touch with us

Contact us or make a referral

For referring physicians, please call our patient referrals and transfer phone number for assistance with neonatology services. 

We also provide neonatology telehealth consultations for physicians caring for infants throughout Northern California through our pediatric Clinical Telehealth Program.

Learn more about pediatric telehealth consultations

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

4301 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is located within UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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For physician referrals or appointments


To see one of our specialists, a referral is required from your child’s primary care physician.

For NICU transfers


For the hospital 24-hour operator


For physician telehealth consultations