Intensive Care for Newborns

Although most babies are born healthy, you can be assured that if there are complications with your baby’s birth, four BayCare Health System hospitals are equipped with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).

We have Level II and Level III intensive care units which are staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses 24 hours a day. These neonatologists, certified nurses, and respiratory therapists are supplied with the latest advancements and treatments available for babies born prematurely, with congenital defects, or many other medical conditions. We also have level 4* intensive care units. 

Whether your baby’s heart or lungs need assistance functioning or there is an infection which must be addressed, the highest level of care possible will be compassionately given to your newborn.

Babies born at our other facilities who require this advanced level of care will be transferred via a specialized NICU transport ambulance to one of the neonatal intensive care units listed below:

Level II NICU 

A Level II NICU can provide care for babies:

  • Born 28 weeks or later
  • Weighing more than 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds)
  • With an inability to maintain body temperature
  • Having difficulty with oral feedings
  • Who are moderately ill with issues that are expected to be quickly resolved and are not anticipated to need emergency subspecialty service


A Level III NICU can provide care for babies:

  • Born at 28 weeks or less
  • Weighing at least 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds)
  • Needing advanced respiratory support

A Level III NICU has:

  • Onsite pediatric medical subspecialists
  • Advanced imaging technology with immediate emergency interpretation
  • Pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists onsite or located at a nearby institution


For more information or a physician referral, call (888) 828-9580 or find a doctor near you

*Level 4 is an American Academy of Pediatrics level of designation.