Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

If your baby needs additional assistance, count on the support of one of the nation’s most experienced newborn medical teams.

Jackson offers the only academic medical center in South Florida that can provide care for both high-risk pregnancies, and premature, or critically ill newborns at the same location.

Caring for the Littlest Miracles

Jackson Health System is home to one of the largest newborn intensive care units in the nation, known worldwide for its leading-edge research to improve newborn care and its success in caring for critically ill infants. Because Jackson is an academic medical center, our littlest miracles are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, day and night.

The Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: Newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is designated a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center by the state of Florida and boasts some of the best survival rates and most successful outcomes in the country.

The Level 3 NICU at Holtz Children’s Hospital is in the same building as the maternity unit in The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, and the Level 2 NICU at Jackson North Medical Center is close to the maternity unit in the Women’s Pavilion, making visitation easier and upholding our commitment to family-centered care.

Caring for the Littlest Miracles

Jackson Health System is home to one of the largest newborn intensive care units in the nation, known worldwide for its leading-edge research to improve newborn care and its success in caring for critically ill infants. Because Jackson is an academic medical center, our littlest miracles are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, day and night.

The Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: Newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is designated a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center by the state of Florida and boasts some of the best survival rates and most successful outcomes in the country.

The Level 3 NICU at Holtz Children’s Hospital is in the same building as the maternity unit in The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, and the Level 2 NICU at Jackson North Medical Center is close to the maternity unit in the Women’s Pavilion, making visitation easier and upholding our commitment to family-centered care.

1,400 Newborns

We care for more than 1,400 newborns each year, including babies who are born prematurely.

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Expertise

As a maternal-fetal care center, we have all the expertise necessary to care for both mom and their babies, including babies in the womb.

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State Designated

We are the state designated diagnostic and treatment center for South Florida for spinal muscular atrophy.

Family-Centered Newborn Care

Our family-centered NICU care includes:

  • Lactation services available from board-certified lactation consultants and highly trained nurses to help with breastfeeding your baby and assist with alternatives when breastfeeding is not an option.
  • Pasteurized human donor breast milk available to help supplement your baby’s diet and support the mother’s feeding goals.
  • Bonding opportunities when clinically appropriate. These include skin-to-skin bonding, which is part of our standard of care.
  • Pacifier-activated lullaby device that helps newborns improve non-nutritive sucking patterns, strengthen oral-motor skills, learn to feed faster, and provides an opportunity for parent-infant bonding. Many newborns in our NICU – particularly those born prematurely – can benefit from this music therapy intervention during which a special pacifier plays developmentally appropriate lullabies, sometimes recorded by the baby’s parents, when the baby successfully sucks on it.
  • Education that helps parents learn more about their baby’s developmental needs. We offer monthly parenting classes, support groups, and infant CPR training.
  • Parent-centered rounds, which in the NICU are part of the standard of care for all families.

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Family-Centered Newborn Care

Our family-centered NICU care includes:

  • Lactation services available from board-certified lactation consultants and highly trained nurses to help with breastfeeding your baby and assist with alternatives when breastfeeding is not an option.
  • Pasteurized human donor breast milk available to help supplement your baby’s diet and support the mother’s feeding goals.
  • Bonding opportunities when clinically appropriate. These include skin-to-skin bonding, which is part of our standard of care.
  • Pacifier-activated lullaby device that helps newborns improve non-nutritive sucking patterns, strengthen oral-motor skills, learn to feed faster, and provides an opportunity for parent-infant bonding. Many newborns in our NICU – particularly those born prematurely – can benefit from this music therapy intervention during which a special pacifier plays developmentally appropriate lullabies, sometimes recorded by the baby’s parents, when the baby successfully sucks on it.
  • Education that helps parents learn more about their baby’s developmental needs. We offer monthly parenting classes, support groups, and infant CPR training.
  • Parent-centered rounds, which in the NICU are part of the standard of care for all families.

Music Therapy

In the NICU at Holtz Children’s Hospital, music therapists work with both patients and families to provide developmentally appropriate stimulation and allow opportunities for parent-infant bonding. Research shows that music therapy improves vital signs, feeding and weight gain, and sleep patterns; provides developmentally appropriate neurologic and sensory stimulation; and promotes parent-infant bonding.

Specialized Services

Our NICU experiences some of the highest survival rates in the country with the help of advanced therapies, including:
  • All modalities of mechanical ventilation
  • High-frequency ventilation
  • Nitric oxide therapy
  • Whole-body hypothermia
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy
  • Newborn dialysis
  • Surgical intervention for complex conditions, including cardiothoracic surgery
  • Speech, respiratory and nutrition therapy

Real Time Camera System

Families of newborn patients at Holtz Children’s Hospital can now have additional peace of mind when they are unable to be at the baby’s bedside.

With our secure camera system, family members can view their infant, 24/7. While babies are in the NICU, we offer parents the opportunity to view their infant from anywhere with the help of a small camera system that allows loved ones to watch their infants in real time. Video is not recorded and sound is not transmitted.

Newborn Transport

No matter where a delivery occurs, Jackson has a highly skilled transport team that ensures care is never far from reach. They are experts in the unique care required for newborn patients during ground or air transport, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because we offer care the highest-level newborn intensive care, Holtz Children’s Hospital receives newborns from all over Florida and from international locations.

Transfer a patient by calling Holtz Children’s transport services at 855-GO-2HOLTZ

For international patient transfers, call 305-355-1212.

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Specialized Services

Our NICU experiences some of the highest survival rates in the country with the help of advanced therapies, including:
  • All modalities of mechanical ventilation
  • High-frequency ventilation
  • Nitric oxide therapy
  • Whole-body hypothermia
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy
  • Newborn dialysis
  • Surgical intervention for complex conditions, including cardiothoracic surgery
  • Speech, respiratory and nutrition therapy

Real Time Camera System

Families of newborn patients at Holtz Children’s Hospital can now have additional peace of mind when they are unable to be at the baby’s bedside.

With our secure camera system, family members can view their infant, 24/7. While babies are in the NICU, we offer parents the opportunity to view their infant from anywhere with the help of a small camera system that allows loved ones to watch their infants in real time. Video is not recorded and sound is not transmitted.

Newborn Transport

No matter where a delivery occurs, Jackson has a highly skilled transport team that ensures care is never far from reach. They are experts in the unique care required for newborn patients during ground or air transport, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because we offer care the highest-level newborn intensive care, Holtz Children’s Hospital receives newborns from all over Florida and from international locations.

Transfer a patient by calling Holtz Children’s transport services at 855-GO-2HOLTZ

For international patient transfers, call 305-355-1212.

Find a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist

We can care for moms from pre-pregnancy planning through pregnancy, delivery, and post-pregnancy care.

Our physicians have expertise with routine and highly complex births. They will help you have the safest, most family-friendly birth experience possible. And should there be any complication, they’re ready to treat any condition.

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