The Huberfeld Neonatal Intensive Care Complex

The NICU at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center treats infants born from week 24 of pregnancy. The complex includes 70 beds (with another 20 at the Bikur Cholim Campus), and state-of-the-art respiratory and monitoring equipment which provides precise data 24/7 on each of the babies in the unit. We also have an advanced MRI scanner for premature babies (the only one of its kind in Israel). 

All this – and a very skilled NICU team – means a wide range of treatment and monitoring possibilities for you. Our nurses have many years of experience in treating newborns in general and premature babies in particular and they will give you and your baby personal, patient and devoted attention.

5%-10% of babies are born prematurely and it is only natural the largest birth center in Israel should have a large and advanced NICU. The amount of premature births at Shaare Zedek is actually among the lowest in Israel, a result of the tremendous improvement in prenatal treatment, monitoring capabilities and special attention to In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In spite of this, more than 50 babies are treated in the NICU at any given moment. 

The NICU staff understand the parents’ predicament, knowing they often have to leave their child in the NICU for a prolonged period of time. Because of this, and the transition from hospital to home, we have a special waiting room for parents. Parents can sleep in this room with their baby on the last night in hospital, with the medical staff on hand to provide help if needed. We have discovered that the room helps calm parents’ fears before discharge and the first time away from 24/7 medical attention. Parents have also told us that the preparation they received here enhanced their self-confidence in being able to look after the baby themselves.