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Newborn Intensive Care

St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise is home to Idaho's largest and most experienced Level III NICU. Neonatologists are on site for 24/7 immediate care, and work with a broad array of pediatric surgical and medical subspecialists. Virtually every newborn with an emergency or long-term need can be cared for in the Children's Hospital NICU.

In the St. Luke's Magic Valley and St. Luke's Meridian Level II NICUs, we care for premature infants and infants who require long-term IV feedings and infusions, prolonged oxygen support, or tube feeding and breastfeeding support. Board certified neonatologists are on site or on call 24/7.

Highlights & Resources

NIDCAP Nursery

The St. Luke's Children's Hospital NICU is a certified Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) nursery. The mission of NIDCAP is to ensure that the highest quality of individualized, developmentally supportive, family-centered care is available to all newborns in intensive and special care nurseries. St. Luke's is also one of only 16 NIDCAP training sites for medical professionals worldwide.

To learn more about NIDCAP, call (208) 381-2661.

NICU Follow-up Clinic

St. Luke's NICU Follow-up Clinic, held at the Children's Specialty Center in Boise, provides continued assessment for many NICU babies after they "graduate" from the unit. Clinic staff members evaluate children's growth and development, ensure their access to resources, and coach parents in recognizing and caring for growth or developmental concerns.

Staff includes a behavior and development pediatric physician specialist, developmental specialist, neonatal nurses, social workers, pediatric physical and occupational therapists, speech and language specialists, and child psychologists.

For more information, call (208) 381-7075.

Parent Support and Advocacy

For information on support and advocacy groups for parents of babies in the NICU, contact the NICU social worker or talk with your nurse:

  • Boise: (208) 381-3254 or (208) 381-7673
  • Magic Valley: (208) 814-3620
  • Meridian: (208) 706-1565