As parents, we always want what’s best for our children, especially when it comes to medical care. Because of this, it’s good to know what to look for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the event that your delivery doesn’t go quite as expected and your newborn needs more specialized care.
Florida’s Highest Level of Neonatal Care
A NICU is a nursery for babies who are born early, have problems during delivery or develop issues while still in the hospital. But not all NICUs are the same.
The NICU at St. Mary’s Medical Center offers all three levels of designated care- including Level III, Florida’s highest.
Studies indicate significantly higher survival rates for very low birthweight babies born in hospitals offering Level III Neonatal Intensive Care. Level III NICUs also provide sophisticated types of respiratory support for very sick babies and offer a wide variety of neonatal surgeries.
Palm Beach County’s #1 Choice
As the largest NICU in Palm Beach County, St. Mary’s offers a comprehensive team od pediatric, and has dedicated lactation consultants who specialize in teaching mothers and their newborns how to form a successful breastfeeding routine. We’re also one of only 12 Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Centers in Florida that help heal high-risk mothers and infants.
When babies arrive early or require medical or surgical treatment at birth, the highly skilled doctors, nurses and technicians at our NICU have immediate access to advanced technology and can begin specialized care right away. Through Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, your baby will have direct access to the numerous pediatric sub-specialties our dedicated children’s hospital provides.
That’s why more expectant mothers choose St. Mary’s over any other hospital in Palm Beach County*.
Keeping Your Baby Close to You
As unlikely as it may seem to require Level III NICU care, it’s comforting to know that the highest level of care is right there if you need it, where you and your new baby can stay close and get to know each other.
At St. Mary’s, even under difficult circumstances, new mothers and babies stay close to each other so critical bonding can occur. The NICU is right next to The Birthplace and new moms are encouraged to visit and interact their new son or daughter as soon as they are able to. When mom and baby are ready, our staff will help strengthen the connection through holding, skin-to-skin “Kangaroo Care,” feeding, diaper changes and more.
We Deliver for You
Ask your obstetrician to deliver your baby at The Birthplace at St. Mary’s Medical Center, where you’ll enjoy the comfort of beautiful surroundings and the peace of mind that comes with immediate access to the highest level of neonatal care available if necessary.
If you have questions about the Level III NICU at St. Mary’s Medical Center or would like to take a tour, please call us at (855) 767-4291.
*According to data collected from the Bureau of Vital Statistics between January 2015 and June 2016
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