What is a NICU?
If your baby is born ill or prematurely, he or she will be placed in either our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or our intermediate care nursery for specialized medical attention and treatment. Here your baby will be admitted to an incubator or warming bed and will be cared for closely by highly trained healthcare providers.
Around the clock, your baby’s care will be directed by neonatologists, a specialized pediatrician with additional training and experience in the care of sick and premature infants.
We are proud to say our NICU is not just one of the best in Broward County or Florida, but in the entire country.
Level III NICU Features:
- 24-hour neonatologist and neonatal nurse practitioner coverage
- Neonatologists are board certified and fellowship-trained
- Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP) are nationally certified
- 24-hour neonatal transport team with highly-trained RNs and RTs in attendance
- 24-hour coverage by a respiratory therapist with Level III NICU experience
- 31 beds
- Back-to-sleep Gold Seal Certification
- Consultants available for pediatric echocardiography, genetics, radiology and infectious disease
- Highly-secured area with state-of-the-art infant security
- CPR training provided to parents and caregivers
- Cuddle program
- Dedicated case manager for the Level III NICU and obstetric areas
- Dedicated support staff in physical therapy
- Donor milk program
- Follow-up care
- FPQC- Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative specializing in mothers own milk initiatives and NAS- Neonatal Abstinence Scoring with AEGG monitoring
- Halo program
- Long-term nutritional support with total parenteral nutrition
- Neonatal speech therapists with specialized training in infant feeding
- Nitric oxide capabilities for persistent pulmonary hypertension
- Pediatric subspecialty consultation available for pediatric ophthalmology, neurology and allergy
- Preoperative and postoperative stabilization
- Parent baby classes
- Three types of neonatal ventilators for respiratory difficulties
- Total Body Cooling
- Bereavement committee with grief counseling
Parents are considered part of the care team and as infants improve, parents are encouraged to provide breast or bottle feedings. A baby in the NICU may not be able to breastfeed immediately, so please be patient until your child is well enough to feed. To ensure babies start with their mothers’ milk, 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. Lactation consultants offer breastfeeding classes before delivery, and upon request, they meet with new moms after delivery.
The staff at Plantation General’s 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 CPR, help parents feel more comfortable when they take their baby home.
Check our calendar and events for more information.
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. This is what you can do to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
What does an infant safe sleeping environment look like?
To create a safe sleep environment:
- Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet; a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended.
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
- Keep your baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep (for the infants first year). Room sharing not bed sharing. Always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib for sleep.
- Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep.
- Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby's sleep area.
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
- Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established.
- Supervised Skin to Skin is recommended to all mothers and infants immediately following birth regardless of feeding or delivery, (as soon as mother is medically stable, awake and able to respond to her newborn) and to continue for at least an hour. Once mother starts to get sleepy, return baby to bassinet.
- Follow health care provider guidance on your baby's vaccines and regular health checkups.
For additional information and education on safe sleep, please visit Cribs for Kids.