The neonatal intensive care unit provides critical care to newborns who are ill or premature. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.
Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Davie, Florida
If your child requires extra medical support following delivery, you can feel confident in the quality of care they will receive at the Level III NICU at HCA Florida University Hospital.
Our neonatologists provide compassionate treatment and support to babies who are born prematurely, with an illness or who are in need of extra medical care. Every infant in the NICU is closely monitored by highly trained neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals. We also provide comprehensive support services and educational resources for parents.
Our NICU services
We offer a wide range of treatment options and dedicated programs to ensure every newborn in our Level III NICU is receiving the individualized care they need.
Services offered at our Level III NICU include
- Neonatal ventilators for all modes of respiratory support
- Nitric oxide administration available to treat newborns with persistent pulmonary hypertension (a type of high blood pressure affecting the arteries in the lungs and heart)
- Total body cooling as a treatment for newborns to reduce the body temperature after birth and prevent potential brain damage
- Long-term nutritional support provided through total parenteral nutrition (TPN) — nutrition provided through intravenous (IV) administration, as well as a dedicated NICU nutritionist
- Donor milk program, which allows supplementation with donor milk when a mother is unable to provide enough breast milk
- Cribs for Kids® safe sleep program, which uses specialized swaddles instead of blankets to create a safer sleep environment for infants
- Support for the mothers own milk initiative by the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC), aimed at increasing the amount of milk received by low birth weight infants from the mother. as well as a comprehensive skin-to-skin program
- NICU-trained physical, occupational and speech therapists to enhance neurodevelopment, along with a NICU neurodevelopment team of specialized healthcare professionals
Our Level III NICU care team
Board-certified neonatologists lead our Level III NICU team. Infants in our NICU also receive care from other neonatal specialists, including neonatal nurses and neonatal respiratory therapists. If needed, we have subspecialties in heart care, neurological care, endocrinology, ophthalmology, orthopedic and ear, nose and throat (ENT) care who will join the NICU team in caring for your baby's health needs.
Neonatal transport team
Our hospital’s neonatal transport team works with various services to bring babies from hundreds of miles away via ground and air ambulances.
Our hospital facilities are always prepared to handle any emergency situation, including the transportation of our tiniest patients.
We know that having a child in the NICU can be stressful. Our staff makes the extra effort to provide resources and educational opportunities for parents, including:
- Breastfeeding support
- Parent-baby classes
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for parents and caregivers
- Bereavement committee with grief counseling
Baby care classes
The staff at our NICU wants parents to feel confident caring for their baby at home. We hold baby care classes once a week for families with babies in the NICU. These classes, led by nurses certified in teaching infant CPR, help parents feel more comfortable when they take their baby home.
NICU breastfeeding support
As your baby's health improves, we encourage mothers to provide breast or bottle feedings. A baby in the NICU may not be able to breastfeed immediately, so we encourage parents to be patient until your child is well enough to feed. Women who plan to breastfeed can store their pumped breast milk and colostrum in an on-site freezer until it’s needed.
Our hospital also features a lactation center. Lactation consultants are available to work with new moms one-on-one, offering breastfeeding classes before delivery. Upon request, they will also meet with new moms after delivery.
Family life classes
Our neonatal care team works with our prenatal care program to educate expecting families about healthy lifestyle choices to minimize health concerns for newborn babies.
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