Women's Center

Neonatal Intensive Care

nurse with babyOur Level III nursery provides the highest level of care available. As parents, we know you will have many questions and concerns. Families are key members of the NICU team, and we want you to be involved in your baby's care. We encourage you to visit your baby often and we welcome questions anytime. Working together, we can give your baby the love and care needed to get well. The NICU team includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, and other health care workers who are highly experienced in the care of sick newborns. This skilled team will care for your baby, answer your questions, and be available to assist you during this difficult time. You are welcome to call the NICU as often as you like to get an update on your baby's condition. The number to the nursery is (813) 571-5360.

When Can I Visit?

For the protection and safety of all the babies in the nursery, we have established guidelines for visiting. Parents and grandparents may visit at any time except during the nursing change of shift. This is to assure privacy of patient information. You may be asked to leave the nursery during the admission of a new patient or during a stressful time for another baby within your infant's room. We will try to make the time you are separated as brief as possible. We have a daily Nursing Change of Shift: between 6:45 to 8:00 a.m. and 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.

Who Can Visit My Baby?

Parents and grandparents may visit with no more than two people at a bedside at any time. Grandparents may visit on their own with the written consent of the parents. If grandparents are not going to visit, you may choose someone else in their place to visit, but a parent must accompany them.

A record of all visitors will be kept in your baby's chart, which is signed by a parent, and used by our staff to make sure the correct people are visiting. Visitation is limited to reduce your baby's exposure to infection.

The baby's brothers and sisters may also visit provided their immunization record is up-to-date. Please bring a copy of your child's shot records to be placed in the baby's chart. It is also important that all visitors are in good health; this means no colds, sore throats, fevers or recent exposure to an illness that might be harmful to a baby (chickenpox, measles, strep infection, etc.).

The safety of your baby is our primary concern. To protect the privacy of babies, we ask that you visit only at your baby's bedside. Our NICU staff will keep you informed of your baby's progress. This can be done while you visit or by phone. Information by telephone will only be given to parents. The physician or nurse practitioner is always available to answer your questions.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).