Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) at Mease Countryside Hospital

Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is located inside Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida, and is part of the BayCare Kids network. 


Our level III NICU 10-bed unit gives newborns and their moms specialized, around-the-clock care from highly trained neonatologists, obstetric and pediatric hospitalists, board-certified maternal fetal medicine physicians and certified nurses. 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.

Features and Amenities

  • Coordinated care
    Our NICU team updates and discusses care with 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
    We have trained nurses and therapists who provide infant massage and are available to educate you on how massage may help improve your baby’s breathing, strengthen their immune system, relieve constipation and much more. You will discover the benefits of touch and massage for you and your baby.
  • Family room
    As you get ready for discharge, you may benefit from staying in one of our family rooms for a night or two before you go home so we can support you as you learn to care for your baby at home.
  • 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.