You never like to think about complications arising after the birth of your baby, but we have what you and your baby need. Four of BayCare Health System hospitals are equipped with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).

Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) are places where sick and premature newborns can receive special, around-the-clock care until they are healthy enough to go home. BayCare has both Level II and Level III intensive care units. Each unit is staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses 24 hours a day. Our highly trained staffed is equipped with the latest advancements and treatments available for babies born prematurely, with congenital defects, or many other medical conditions.

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. 

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