Pregnancy and Delivery: Neonatal Care
Occupational Therapy in the NICU
Occupational therapists play the role of a developmental therapist in
the NICU, addressing all areas of need in infants. Read More »
Neonatal Resuscitation Room
Immediately adjacent to the obstetric operating rooms in the Labor and Delivery
Unit is a special room staffed with neonatologists who provide split-second care
to babies born prematurely or in distress.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Premature and critically ill newborns receive medical care in our 48-bed Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. As a Level III regional referral center, we provide
intensive care for infants from around Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Our University of Florida team of caregivers includes board-certified faculty neonatologists,
neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, transport
specialists, occupational and speech therapists, dietitians and case managers.
Our specially trained support staff is on hand 24/7 to respond to newborn infants
in need of highly skilled care. In addition, a full-time pharmacist visits the NICU
daily to monitor the medication needs of the newborns. Every patient is assigned
to a case manager to help the family from admission to discharge.
The team provides for the newborns, from premature infants who require complex critical
care, to infants born at term. The NICU staff also prepares families for life at
home with the necessary training in infant care, CPR and appropriate follow-up care.
Video cameras are in use to monitor the patients and provide access for parents to
have virtual visits from the Labor and Delivery Unit, off-site at the delivery hospital
or from home.
Kangaroo care is the bonding time with mothers using skin-to-skin touch while they
are rocked. In addition, trained volunteers, under the supervision of a registered
nurse, provide daily comfort measures by holding the babies, if needed.
Baby Care One
Baby Care One is a neonatal transport program at UF Health Jacksonville. This was
the first program of its kind in Northeast Florida. The Baby Care One team is composed
of a neonatal nurse and a respiratory therapist, who are on call 24/7. Together,
they provide support for other area hospitals to better prepare them in the stabilization
of sick newborns.
Our transport isolette is a little NICU on wheels, capable of offering any care
we can offer in the NICU, from line placement for fluid administration to ventilation.