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Giving Sick Infants a Fighting Chance

Designated a Community Level III Intensive Care Nursery, the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) is the only medical facility in Napa County certified to care for critically ill babies. Board-certified neonatologists, specially trained nurses and highly specialized equipment allow premature infants and other newborns with serious medical problems to be cared for right here at home with their parents nearby. We even have our own ICN transport team to transfer sick babies from surrounding hospitals. Parents gain peace of mind and their children get the best possible chance at a healthy life.

A baby born prematurely or with serious health problems may need to stay in the hospital for several weeks. Here in Napa, most babies who need intensive care, and most expectant mothers at high risk of complications, are able to find what they need without ever leaving the community.

Queen of the Valley is equipped to accept mothers for delivery as early as 28 weeks into a pregnancy. On a typical day, three of our six intensive care cribs are occupied by tiny or seriously ill babies. Only those infants with heart anomalies and other rare conditions ever have to leave home.