Meet Emilia and Camilla

Arrived early to VIP care in our NICU.


With Expert Care for the Unexpected

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is uniquely qualified to ensure that every baby leaves the hospital healthy and strong – even if they need a little help before they are ready to go home. Our 11-bed, Level III NICU allows us to care for newborns who make an early entrance, have a very low birth weight or are medically fragile.

These Twins Got The Right Care And A Strong Start

Emilia and Camilla made an early appearance and had some trouble eating and breathing. Our NICU helped them get ready to go home. When the Hernandez twins were born at 34 weeks, weighing 5 lbs. each, they received immediate care in the Level III Norman P. Andresen, MD Neonatal Intensive Care Unit here at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Our NICU is a lifeline for premature and critically ill newborns on the Central Coast.

Meet Emilia and Camilla and Watch Their Story

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Specialized Services for Extra-Special Deliveries

  • Perinatal Diagnostic Center

    If your doctor is concerned that your pregnancy may be high-risk, we will perform the tests to confirm that possibility or rule it out. If you already know your pregnancy is high-risk, we have advanced technologies, specialized care and support services to support you in the coming months, including a partnership with the world-renowned Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Our team uses state-of-the-art imaging techniques and diagnostic modalities to provide up-to-the-minute care for mothers and babies in high-risk pregnancies. We are able to evaluate a baby’s risk for certain abnormalities as early as week 11. Our maternal-fetal medicine consultation services include:

    • Advanced 3-D/4-D fetal ultrasound technology
    • Genetic counseling
    • Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
    • Fetal echocardiography
    • Instant risk assessment/NTD labs first-trimester screen
    • Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS) and fetal blood transfusions
  • Obstetric Emergency Department

    As Monterey County’s first and only 24/7 Obstetrics Emergency Department (OB ED), we are dedicated to treating unexpected issues in pregnant women. We want any expectant mother experiencing complications to be seen right away by our team of obstetric experts. That means when a complication occurs, you don’t have to wait to get seen at the regular emergency room: Just come straight to the OB ED if you’re experiencing any of the following:

    • Pain/bleeding in early pregnancy
    • Pre-term labor
    • Antenatal conditions
    • Pelvic pain
    • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
    • Breast conditions
    • Urological conditions, such as bladder infections or urinary tract infections
    • Conditions related to high-risk pregnancy, such as high blood pressure
  • NICU

    Our 11-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit allows us to care for the most critically ill babies, including those who are premature, have a very low birth weight or are medically fragile. Our specialists collaborate as needed for each baby’s unique needs. For example, if a pediatric cardiologist is needed, we link to Stanford University via a high-speed audio/video network. This allows our neonatologists to securely transmit the results of an infant's echocardiogram to a pediatric cardiologist at Stanford using two-way, real-time video and audio communications to determine the best course of care for each tiny patient. If needed, transportation of these fragile babies is jointly coordinated between our NICU and the transport team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford by a specialized mother/infant critical care transport vehicle called a “NICU on wheels.”

  • Lactation Support

    Breastfeeding is important, and we do all we can to support this healthy practice. We are proud to have met the standards for accreditation as a Baby-Friendly hospital. This global program, sponsored by the United Nations International Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, recognizes birth centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. Once you have delivered, our board-certified Lactation Consultants will introduce you to the principles of breastfeeding and help you and your little one with any breastfeeding difficulties. And if breastfeeding issues don’t occur until after mother and baby have gone home, we offer our Outpatient Lactation Clinic twice a week (by appointment) for additional support.


Our NICU staff are equipped to care for the smallest and most critically ill babies born at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. We believe having family close by is beneficial for babies and reassuring for mom and dad, so we offer expanded visitation for parents, siblings and other family members. We also do all we can to keep parents informed and teach them at-home care for when their babies are ready to leave the hospital. If more intensive critical care is necessary, we transfer infants to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford until they are big and strong enough to return to our NICU.

Each premature or seriously ill infant patient in our NICU has his or her own set of medical needs. To meet them, we offer:

  • - An audio/video network with Stanford Health Care that allows our neonatologists to securely transmit the results of an infant’s echocardiogram to a Stanford pediatric cardiologist and confer to determine the best course of care.
  • ​- A “NICU on wheels,” featuring advanced equipment, which allows for continuous monitoring and treatment of fragile newborns if transport to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is needed.
  • - Family education about caring for infants with special needs, including classes, support groups and informative materials from outside sources such as Stanford.