Neonatal intensive care unit in Gainesville, Florida

North Florida Regional Medical Center is home to a 12-bed, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) located on the third floor of our hospital's South Tower. Our NICU offers medical care to newborns who need extra support following delivery.

We care for premature babies born as early as 28 weeks and babies with minor medical conditions that require additional monitoring and treatment.

For questions about our NICU or to check on your newborn, please call us at (352) 333-5880.

NICU services

Our hospital's NICU offers the following services and amenities:

  • 12 private patient rooms designed with the needs of families in mind
  • Breast milk warmers at every newborn's bedside
  • Comfortable recliners at every newborn's bedside
  • Dedicated family waiting area located directly outside the NICU
  • In-room refrigerators for mothers to store and pump breast milk
  • Nurse's station monitors at every newborn's bedside for added safety
  • Private family resource room for reading, meditation and family conferences with physicians
  • Soft and indirect lighting to maintain a calm environment and reduce the risk of injury to newborns' eyes and brains
  • Transition rooms for parents, which include private bathrooms, to allow parents to spend the night with their newborn while preparing to go home

Some health conditions or personal factors may make a woman's pregnancy high risk. The maternal-fetal specialist within our prenatal care program offers comprehensive high-risk pregnancy services.

By partnering with the expectant mother throughout her pregnancy, we can help manage any concerns and prepare for any additional care that may be required during or after labor and delivery.

Our neonatal staff

That staff in our NICU includes two board-certified neonatologists and three neonatal nurse practitioners. We pride ourselves on our family-centered approach to caring for your newborn during their stay in the NICU.

Our NICU team also includes:

  • Chaplains
  • Lactation consultants
  • Neonatal dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Speech therapists

Remote NICU monitoring for parents

It can be a challenge for parents to stay by their newborn's side at all times during their NICU stay. This is why our NICU is equipped with webcam technology that allows parents and family members to view their newborn from a remote location.

Mothers who are still in the hospital following delivery will be given a tablet to view their newborns from their hospital rooms. Other family members may access the webcam from a computer once they are provided with secure login information.

This is our way of offering additional support to the families that choose North Florida Regional Medical Center.