Saint Alphonsus Health System

NICU

Premature and critically ill babies need the very best care.  Neonatal ICUs (NICUs) are special nurseries designed to care for these infants. Saint Alphonsus has two state-of-the-art NICUs in the Treasure Valley.

Located in Boise, our Level III NICU, the highest level of neonatal care provided in the state of Idaho, provides 24 hour comprehensive specialty care for preemies as well as the sickest of full-term infants. Saint Alphonsus also has opened Canyon County's first and only NICU, a Level II unit is now situated inside the Birkeland Maternity Center in Nampa.

Providing expert care for premature and critically ill babies in Idaho

At Saint Alphonsus we are committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality care for pregnant women and their babies.

If your baby is premature or has a serious health concern after birth, he or she can receive expert care in either our Level II NICU in Nampa or our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which provides the highest level of care possible for infants in Idaho.

Our Specialized NICU Team

The NICU's team approach provides an atmosphere for parents and our expert staff to work together to achieve outcomes that exceed national benchmarks. Our expert staff includes neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, lactation consultants, infection control specialists and chaplains. Through specially developed programs developed by the neonatologists and NICU staff, the Saint Alphonsus NICU length-of-stay and complication rates are significantly lower than the national average.

Saint Alphonsus neonatologists are:

  • Top decile nationwide for patient safety
  • Involved in research and clinical trials
  • Pioneered the development of special high-frequency ventilation now used nationwide
  • Are improving the survival of the tiniest babies while reducing complication of extreme prematurity and low birth weight, through our participation in Pediatrix’s 100,000 Babies Campaign in 125 hospitals around the US
  • Are affiliated with Pediatrix Medical Group, a national provider of Neonatal Intensive Care Services and have pioneered many efforts right here in Boise, Idaho, that have become standard practices nationwide.

Meet our Providers

Stewart Lawrence, MD
Stewart Lawrence, MD
Oluyemisi Oyafemi, MD
Oluyemisi Oyafemi, MD
Linda Gasser, NP-C
Linda Gasser, NP-C
Robin Winchester. NP-C
Robin Winchester. NP-C

Developmental care

Babies are surviving at lower weights than ever imagined, and the NICU is becoming an increasingly more nurturing environment for babies and their families.

The stress on these little babies can be overwhelming. Developmental care is designed to give each baby individualized care based on gestation and medical or developmental needs. Things like reducing noise and light, nesting, swaddling, and skin-to-skin contact can help alleviate stress and may be the interventions used first—addressing problems before pain medication becomes necessary.

Level III NICU in Boise

Boise NICUThis award-winning Level III NICU provides multi-disciplinary medical and surgical care for critically ill newborn infants who require treatment for a wide array of conditions. It provides 24-hour, full-service specialty care, allowing families from Boise and the surrounding areas in Idaho and eastern Oregon to receive expert treatment close to home.

We specialize in caring for preterm infants as well as the sickest of full-term babies, including those with:

  • Extreme prematurity.
  • Birth defects.
  • Jaundice.
  • Infectious diseases.
  • Respiratory problems, including chronic lung disease.
  • Cardiac problems, including congenital heart disease.
  • Metabolic and endocrine disorders.

Features of the NICU include:

  • A pinwheel design, which provides a designated area for each family. Family areas include eating space, computer access and a playroom for siblings.
  • For parents who need to be near their baby, there are four sleep rooms with shower facilities.
  • Overnight transition rooms, which allow parents to stay in the same room as their baby and still have help nearby. This helps parents gain confidence and get used to taking care of their child before going home.
  • Certified lactation consultants who are available to help new mothers with questions and problems. There is also a dedicated room for mothers to breastfeed or pump.

Nampa NICULevel II NICU in Nampa

Our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only NICU in Canyon County and provides a high level of care for newborns. The NICU at the Birkeland Maternity Center will be staffed by the same experienced Neonatology team who care for babies in the Level III NICU at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Our Neonatologists and Neonatal nurse practitioners are affiliated with Pediatrix Medical Group, a national provider of Neonatal Intensive Care services.

The NICU is the Birkeland Maternity Center is designed to keep babies close to their families whenever possible. And should the need arise; Birkeland is supported by Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, located just 15 minutes away in Boise. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is the regions tertiary medical center and home to a Level III NICU, the highest level in the state of Idaho, and works together and is clinically integrated with the Birkeland Maternity Center Nampa.

Overnight transition rooms are available, which allow parents to stay in the same room as their baby and still have help nearby. This helps parents gain confidence and get used to taking care of their child before going home. Certified lactation consultants are available to help new mothers with questions and problems.