Caring for Your Whole Family in the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center cares for your family, starting from birth. Should the need arise, 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, the focus remains on healing, development and togetherness. 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, 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 includes these skilled and experienced medical professionals:
- Neonatal Nurse practitioners
- Respiratory therapists
- Lactation consultants
- Obstetrics specialists
- Specially trained staff
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 family environment that enables families to stay together in much-needed privacy, improving overall family satisfaction.
Sensory perception plays an important role in that 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, thus decreasing the negative smells and sounds found in ward settings.
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 that 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 — A welcoming family environment enables families to be together in the crucial early days of life and enables the power of touch. In addition to reducing opportunities for infection, families find better and more time for one-on-one bonding with the newborn. The rooms include a refrigerator, sleeping and showering accommodations, and a place for quiet time together. Families can be together 24 hours a day.
Sound — 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.
And, that is the ultimate goal of the NICU — to get you and your new family member home, whole and together.
Our NICU team takes a coordinated approach to provide the best care for your child. Speak with our team 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 Thursday of each month at 4 and 6 pm. Tours can be scheduled here or by calling (386) 231-1400.