Newborn Intensive Care

Helping Families with Premature Newborns


The Newborn Intensive Care Program provides in-home community health nursing services to assist families of premature newborns.


Any baby who spent at least five days in a Level II or Level III Nursery qualifies to have home visits from a community health nurse or nursing support specialist through the Newborn Intensive Care Program (NICP).


The community health nurse in your area is notified when your baby is discharged from the hospital. During the home visits, your baby’s physical and developmental progress will be observed and will be discussed with you. The nursing support specialist can help match you with resources such as WIC, food stamps, financial assistance, Supplemental Security Income, counseling, parenting skills, etc.  You and your baby can receive home visits by the nurse until he/she is about 12 months of age.


The NICP program is part of a statewide system of specialized care and follow-up that supplements the care your baby receives from your regular doctor. The NICP program is part of the High-Risk Perinatal Program, Office of Women’s and Children’s Health, Arizona Department of Health Services.

There is no charge for this service!


For more information about the Newborn Intensive Care Program,
please contact Mary Piersanti at (602) 633-8681 or

Helping Arizona Children & Famillies

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