Help Keep Newborns Close to Home

An estimated 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely, and other newborns will need specialized health care because of congenital diseases and other complications. As the only Level III Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center in our seven-county region, and only one of 11 in the state, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida provides the highly specialized, lifesaving healthcare that newborns need. Most importantly, this care is provided close to home.

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What is Neonatology?

Neonatology is a specialized area of medicine that focuses on baby health, beginning before birth and extending into infancy.

The birth of a baby is a joyous time for families in Southwest Florida. But sometimes, complications arise during pregnancy or birth that result in moderately-ill to critically-ill newborns.

For families facing the frightening uncertainty of birth complications, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is a critical resource. The children’s hospital is dedicated to providing the finest care for those confronted with challenging medical realities.

A fully staffed neonatal intensive care unit is so vital to the health of families in our community.

Exceptional Care for Southwest Florida Infants

At Golisano Children’s Hospital, the health care professionals specialize in caring for infants with medical complications. This area of the hospital is called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our dedicated team is experienced in caring for an ill infant’s special needs.

  • Board certified neonatologists
  • Neonatal ICU nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Respiratory and occupational therapists
  • Dieticians
  • And more

Specializing in the care of critically ill children throughout the 7-county Southwest Florida region, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level III facility that has been designated a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center by the Florida Department of Children’s Medical Services. It is one of only 11 such centers in the state and the only one in our region!


A Whole Health Approach to Newborn Well-Being

Our scope of care doesn’t end with a newborn’s physical well-being. Hospital chaplains and social workers are available to provide spiritual and emotional support as well. The Ronald McDonald House is also available on site for families who need a place to stay.

Additionally, special volunteers affectionately known as Cuddlers are specially trained to be with sick newborns. They provide the warmth of the human touch during those times when parents can’t be with their little ones. This allows families to also meet the many demands of work or the daily needs of other children in the family.

Hope and Healing for Critically Ill Infants

Throughout Southwest Florida, families and their critically ill infants find hope and healing at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. These families can rest assured that if their newborns face life-threatening medical conditions, our committed staff of pediatric healthcare professionals will be with them every step of the way with the finest training, equipment and facilities.