Through the Neonatology program, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals offer outstanding care to the sickest, smallest and most fragile newborns. Babies born prematurely or with a life-threatening condition get 24-7 intensive care from an experienced team that includes neonatologists, perinatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and nutritionists, and they work closely with any other pediatric specialists whose care your baby may need.
In 1964, we were one of the first medical centers in the country to set up a neonatal intensive care unit. We remain the referral of choice for hospitals across Northern California, because of our specialists' outstanding background in dealing with complex neonatal conditions and their long-term impacts on development and health.
Neonatal Pulmonary Intensive Care Unit
NICU Follow-Up Clinic
Awards & recognition
One of the nation’s best in neonatology
Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties
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Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.
Gentle Hands Program
We help parents of medically fragile infants bond with their babies via special techniques for soothing, holding and bathing their child. Learn more.
Hemophilia Support Network
The hemophilia support network gives parents a chance to learn from each other and discuss important issues affecting children with this blood disorder.
Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.
Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.
Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.
Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.
Music Therapy Program
Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.
Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.
School Re-Entry Program
After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.
Individual Playtime & Instruction
If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.
Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance
Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.
Family Resource Center
We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.
Parent Support Program
Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.
Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.
Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.
If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.
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