Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center cares for your family at birth and beyond, with five-star amenities designed to create a home-like environment. Should your newborn need specialized care, the new Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is ready to extend that care to the whole family. With 16 private, family-centered rooms and neonatologist availability 24/7, the focus remains on healing, development, and togetherness when your child is in the NICU.
Care by Expert Medical Professionals
Because Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center functions as a coordinated care site for Florida Hospital DeLand, know that no matter which facility you choose to have your child at, you’re in the best hands. Our teams work seamlessly together to provide a healthy, normal life for newborns facing challenges in the first stages of life. Our team is comprised of skilled and experienced medical professionals, including neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, physicians, respiratory therapists, dietitians, lactation consultants, and obstetrics specialists.
Sensory Perception in the NICU
Premature babies need specialized care to prepare for the world outside of their mother’s womb. While the new Level II NICU is equipped with incubators, ventilators, and specialized monitoring equipment needed to provide that care, it is also a lovingly crafted environment that enables families to stay together in much-needed privacy, improving overall well-being during a potentially difficult time.
Sensory perception plays an important role in creating a familial environment. The unit was specially designed to protect and promote the developing senses of newborn babies, including scent, touch, and sound. With private rooms for families, sensory input can be minimized and softened.
The Influence of a Mother’s Scent
One of the most powerful influencers in a newborn’s environment is the mother’s scent. It can be particularly comforting to a newborn infant who is already experiencing the world too soon. In addition, unpleasant smells can be better controlled in a private-room setting. The Level II NICU has taken extra steps to help minimize “hospital” smells around the newborn. This can help babies create meaningful memories associated with pleasant scents.
Touch Plays a Crucial Role in Family Bonding
A welcoming family environment enables the power of touch in the crucial early days of a newborn’s life. In addition to reducing opportunities for infection, families can have more time for one-on-one bonding with the newborn at our center. Each private room includes a refrigerator, sleeping and showering accommodations, and a place for quiet time together. Families can be together 24 hours a day.
Quiet Private Rooms for Restful Sleep
In a private-room setting, unwanted ambient sound can be kept to a minimum. Controlling the noise level around an infant can help maintain normal heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. It also helps promote more restful sleep, which is a premature baby’s best ally. It can also significantly improve a newborn’s growth rate and decrease the length of stay.
Attention to sensory perception supports the ultimate goal of the NICU—to get you and your new family member home, together. Our NICU team takes a coordinated approach to provide the best care for your child. If you’re an expectant parent planning to deliver at Florida Hospital, you can meet these medical professionals and see our facility for yourself. Tours of the Center for Women & Children (including the NICU) at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center are available the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month at 4 and 6 p.m. Tours can be scheduled online or by calling (386) 231-1400.