Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) at Morton Plant Hospital

Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is located inside Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, and is part of the BayCare Kids network. 

Level II NICU

Our level II NICU 15- bed unit, including a room specially designed for families with twins, gives newborns and their families specialized, around-the-clock care from highly trained neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and certified nurses.

  • Features and Amenities

    Private Rooms
    Our NICU rooms are built to be a peaceful healing place to promote family bonding. Parents have a private area within their baby's room to sleep, shower or watch TV. Each room has beautiful window views to enhance the coziness.
  • Coordinated care
    To establish a relationship before the baby leaves the hospital, the family's pediatrician may become involved in the baby's care shortly before discharge. This makes the transition to home better for the baby and easier for the parents. Our NICU team talks to the families every day that their baby is in our care.
  • Individualized support
    Our team will help you get oriented to the NICU and introduce you to the roles of the health care team, explain basic NICU terminology and identify your expectations while your baby is here. We’ll cover the importance of handwashing and discuss the NICU routine. During your stay with us, you’ll have the support of our team, including social workers and child life specialists. After discharge, we’ll check on you, and we encourage you to participate in one of our lactation or mom support groups.
  • Baby-friendly designated
    We have special initiatives in place to improve the rate of breastfeeding for even the smallest infants. Our lactation consultants are available seven days a week and can provide support after you go home.
  • Breast milk donor program
    If mom can’t provide her own milk, BayCare has a breast milk donor program that provides nutritious human breast milk to babies in the NICU.
  • Respiratory care
    We have a respiratory team that specializes in infants and newborns. They’re trained to handle the care of respiratory-compromised premature babies.
  • Hearing and developmental assessments
    Premature babies always receive a hearing and developmental assessment to determine whether they need additional services, such as rehabilitation, before they go home. Should developmental or medical follow up be required, your baby’s care team will make a plan before discharge.
  • Specialized care related to feeding
    Premature babies often experience feeding challenges. Our multidisciplinary team excels at developing plans and partnering with you to optimize your baby’s nutrition and make sure that you’re prepared to feed your baby at home.
  • Infant massage
    Through infant massage, you’ll learn how to help your baby improve their breathing, strengthen their immune system, relieve constipation and much more. You’ll discover the benefits of touch and massage for you and your baby. This class is open to all NICU parents.
  • Affiliations
    If your baby needs an even higher level of care, we can transport them to our level IV NICU at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.

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