Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) at Winter Haven Women's Hospital

Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is located inside Winter Haven Women’s Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida, and is part of the BayCare Kids network.


Our level II NICU 11-bed unit gives newborns and their moms specialized, around-the-clock care from highly trained neonatologists, obstetric hospitalists and certified nurses. A level II NICU can provide care for babies born at 28 weeks or later who weigh more than 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds), who might not be able to maintain body temperature, who may have difficulty with oral feedings, who are moderately ill with issues that are expected to be quickly resolved, and who aren’t anticipated to need emergency subspecialty services. This NICU can also provide mechanical ventilation. 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.

  • 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.
  • Coordinated care
    Our NICU team talks to the families every day that their baby is in our care.
  • NICU education
    Every parent or caregiver with a child in our NICU will receive a booklet to help guide them during this time.