Important Visitation Note: As we continue to implement important safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, we've changed our visitor policy. NICU patients may each have two designated visitors, but are limited to one designated visitor per day. NICU visitors will not be able to leave and come back in the same day; boxed meals will be provided to visitors in NICU. This new policy will further reduce potential exposure to our tiniest patients, as well as our visitors and staff. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time.
If you have questions about how this temporary change to our visitor policy may impact your birth experience, please call 941-313-0943. We encourage family, siblings, doulas and loved ones to connect through apps such as WhatsApp and FaceTime or via phone, email or text. Click here for guidance on using these apps.
For answers to the most common questions about pregnancy and birth during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
For more than 30 years, Sarasota Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has cared for critically ill newborns and the smallest premature babies. The only Level III intensive care nursery in the area, our NICU is equipped with the latest technology and multi-disciplinary specialists to provide advanced life support and around-the-clock specialty care and monitoring. A special affiliation with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital ensures access to the full spectrum of neonatal and pediatric specialties, and rapid transport to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for babies who need heart, lung or gastrointestinal surgery.
- Maternal-neonatal ambulance – Sarasota Memorial’s specially equipped maternal-neonatal critical care ambulance, staffed by specially trained neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists, ensures safe ground transport 24/7 for at-risk babies who need to be transferred to Sarasota Memorial from other hospitals in the region. The ambulance also is available to provide safe inter-hospital ground transfers for women with high-risk pregnancies.
- Family-centered care – Despite the high-tech operations at work in our NICU, the care we provide is purely family-centered, meaning all of our efforts revolve around your family. We encourage parents to spend as much time as possible with their babies, and provide accommodations, such as visiting lounges, breast feeding suites, and rooms for overnight stays and family visiting.
- Developmental care – We encourage families to take an active role in the care of their infants. Cuddling preemies skin-to-skin is the best thing a parent can do for their baby! During your time in the NICU, our neonatal nurses and physicians will teach you everything you need to know to care for your little one at home, and will celebrate with you every milestone in their development.
- Developmental evaluations – Early Steps provides free support and special services to monitor and promote healthy development during your baby’s first three years of life.
For more information about the Sarasota Memorial NICU, please call 941-917-5525.