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

Pediatric Services

UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Special programs for our NICU families

  • Overnight sleeping rooms for families

    “Rooming in” program

    Families of infants cared for in our NICU have available overnight sleeping rooms where they may become accustomed to caring for their babies prior to discharge.

    Mothers are encouraged to keep their baby in the room with them during their hospital stay (“rooming-in”). Rooming-in offers time for mother and baby to bond and develop skills such as breastfeeding (if possible), bathing and general care of the newborn. Specially trained nurses are available to assist families in the care of their newborn.

  • A webcam for every NICU bed

    Webcam program

    The webcam program equips every bed at the NICU with a webcam. This allows parents and families to see their baby through a secure connection from a home computer, tablet or cellphone 24/7, even when they are not at the bedside.

    The expansion to every bed is the latest development in the UC Davis FamilyLink program and is funded by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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  • Mom with baby, breastfeeding
    Targeted nutrition for babies

    Breastmilk analysis program

    Using a Miris human milk analyzer machine, mother's breast milk is analyzed for calorie content and key nutrients such as protein, fat and carbohydrates. Based on the analysis, the milk is fortified to suit each infant’s individualized growth needs. This special program is funded by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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  • Mom breastfeeding baby
    Help for new mothers

    Breastfeeding support and resources

    For many first-time mothers, breastfeeding can be a challenging skill that can take time to learn. Our nurses are trained to teach new mothers how to breastfeed. Certified lactation consultants are also available and both consultants and nurses can teach new mothers how to pump or hand-express breast milk. We also offer a variety of postpartum breastfeeding resources including telephone support, classes and support groups.

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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