While most babies are healthy when they are born, Baptist Health hospitals offer specialized care to babies who are premature, sick, underweight or who need surgery, advanced therapy or observation.

Our NICUs are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by neonatologists – doctors with extensive knowledge of newborn health. Nurses and nurse practitioners, also with specialized training to care for newborns who are premature or sick, care for the babies and educate parents and caregivers about their babies’ needs.

We provide Level III neonatal care on the campuses of Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital. This level of care is reserved for babies born before 32 weeks of pregnancy who weigh less than 3.3 pounds and newborns who are critically ill, need surgery or who require special equipment to breathe.

Baptist Children’s Hospital and South Miami Hospital each also provide Level II neonatal care. This level of care is given to babies with health problems that require immediate treatment or ongoing monitoring that doesn’t rise to the severity required for Level III care. Newborns who do require a higher level of care will be stabilized in a Level II NICU before being transferred to Level III or a Level IV regional facility, equipped to handle the most critical or life-threatening situations. Babies who are born at Homestead Hospital or West Kendall Baptist Hospital and need neonatal intensive care are transported by our neonatal transport team to either Baptist Children’s Hospital or South Miami Hospital for their NICU care.

Baptist Health’s NICUs have access to pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, urologists and infectious disease specialists should babies need additional specialized care.

Patient- and family-centered care

Our doctors, nurses, therapists and other providers offer patient- and family-centered care in our NICUs. Additionally, lactation consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, psychologists and social workers all work together with babies and their parents to provide quality care in the NICU setting. We view parents as our partners on the care team, which enhances patient care, safety and outcomes. Parents are not “visitors” and are welcome in the NICU at any time. Siblings, other family members and friends, as designated by the parents, are also invited into the NICU with prior arrangements.

NICU at Baptist Hospital

Baptist Children’s Hospital is home to the George Batchelor and Gloria Vasta Lewis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This unit, located on the Baptist Hospital campus, has 22 Level II and 14 Level III neonatal intensive care beds. Seven of the 14 Level III beds are in private rooms that offer the newborn and their family members an environment that supports healing and comfort.

NICU at South Miami Hospital

South Miami Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, part of the Center for Women & Infants, has 15 Level III NICU beds in private and semi-private rooms, designed with special lighting and noise-reduction surfaces that promote healing for babies and comfortable, quiet environments for family members. South Miami Hospital’s Level II NICU contains 47 beds, making it one of the largest units in South Florida. The units are also equipped with NICView cameras, thanks to a generous donation, so parents can watch their babies on a secure video feed while they are unable to be at the hospital.

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