Visiting the NICU
A home away from home at Randall Children’s Hospital
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Most parents don’t plan to leave the hospital without their newborn in their arms. We know having a child in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) can be a challenging time, full of joy, fear, uncertainty and hope. At Randall Children’s Hospital, we offer a home away from home. Whether your child spends days or weeks in our care, we aim to make your time here as comfortable as possible.
Visiting your child in the NICU is important to their health and development. Research shows that the more parents are involved with their newborn’s care, the sooner babies are ready to thrive on their own. As part of our family-integrated philosophy of care, parents are an essential piece of helping a child heal and grow. Family members are the caregivers, while our nurses and staff act as coaches to guide and support every step of the way.
We encourage you to speak up, ask questions and be involved in the decision-making about your child’s treatment.
Most of all, know that you are not alone. You have a team of professionals here to provide help and guidance, and former NICU parents to support you along your journey.
When visiting the Randall Children’s NICU, please keep the following visitor guidelines in mind.
Legacy Health offers NICU services at both Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Northeast Portland and at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington.
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Oregon
The NICU at Randall Children’s Hospital is a Level 4, which means we can offer the highest level of care in the state for critically ill or preterm infants. We are also a regional referral center, which means we can refer your child to another top facility, depending on your child’s needs and location.
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington
This Level 3 NICU is the highest level infant care in Southwest Washington, and treats critically ill or preterm infants born up to 18 weeks early. The NICU has capacity to care for 25 babies in 15 private rooms, three rooms for twins, and an additional four infants in the special care nursery.
MyHealth gives you access to your child's medical records. View test results, diagnoses, medications, follow-up instructions, make an appointment and more.