Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

A close up of a baby's foot with an adult hand around its ankle, with a U.S. News & World Report badge imposed on top of the photo, that reads "Best Children's Hospitals 2020-21" specifically in the field of "Neonatology."

We offer the most advanced neonatal intensive care unit in the region. We are proud to be one of the top pediatric neonatal programs in the nation. Meet our team.

Doernbecher NICU services

Neonatologist and NICU nurse in Portland, Oregon

Doernbecher neonatology experts are here to provide the very best care possible for preemies and newborns who need round-the-clock monitoring and treatment. 

Learn about our NICU services

About the NICU

NICU Nurse at Doernbecher in Portland, Oregon

The NICU unit at Doernbecher is a family-centered environment to help you and your baby face the challenges of their illness.

About our NICU

Why choose Doernbecher

What to expect at the NICU

What to Expect at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital NICU

The NICU can be confusing and scary. Knowing what to expect may help take some of the uncertainty out of your visit.

Inside the NICU

Beacon Award for Excellence

Doernbecher's NICU has earned the gold Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This national award recognizes our excellent patient care and outcomes. We are the only NICU on the West Coast with gold status.


Meet the McKenzie family, who spent 100 days in the NICU after delivering their daughter 15 weeks early.