Neonatal intensive care in Panama City, Florida

As Bay County's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's neonatal team is uniquely qualified to care for premature and critically ill babies.

Every neonatal doctor and nurse on our NICU team understands the special care and attention babies require. We also understand the special concerns a NICU stay may create for families.

For more information on our NICU, please call Consult-A-Nurse® at (850) 747-3600.

Sometimes, parents are aware during pregnancy that their baby may need extra care following birth. Other times, we may encounter unexpected circumstances during labor and delivery that require your baby to be monitored in our NICU.

Should your baby need to be cared for in the NICU, our staff is prepared 24/7. Our labor and delivery team works seamlessly with our NICU nurses and neonatal specialists to provide your baby with the best care possible.

Preventing infection in the NICU

Babies in the NICU are very susceptible to infections. Infections can delay recovery and may have long-lasting effects.

To help protect against infections, we have developed the following guidelines:

  • Please limit visitors to parents, grandparents and siblings 10 years old and older. Please also limit the number of visitors to no more than two at a time.
  • When entering the NICU, perform a two-minute hand scrub. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after holding or touching your baby. The nurses will instruct you on how to do a two-minute scrub.
  • Please notify your baby’s nurse before visiting if you have any sign of illness, especially if you have been exposed to a contagious disease or have a cold sore. We ask you that you do not visit if you have an unexplained fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Visiting the NICU

Parents may visit anytime. You will be asked to give the ID number found on your hospital ID band before any information about your baby can be released over the phone. Information is only given to parents. We ask that you share information with your family and friends. Visitors are limited to two at the bedside at any time.

When visiting, please remain at your baby’s bedside. To protect everyone’s right to privacy, we ask that you do not ask about other patients or look at their records.

Breastfeeding

For support and guidance in making breastfeeding decisions, a certified lactation consultant is available to you. Storage areas and supplies for breast milk are available while your infant remains hospitalized. Should you wish to breastfeed, we want to ensure your breastfeeding experience is a successful and rewarding one.

Checking on your baby in the NICU

If you are unable to visit the hospital and would like to check on your baby’s condition, please call your baby’s nurse for a progress report at (850) 747-7712. It may be best to not call during nursing shift changes, which occur at 6:30am and 6:30pm.

Feel free to speak to your baby’s doctor, NICU nurses or other members of the support team. They can help you with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Taking your baby home

After your baby is admitted to the NICU, the staff will work with you to plan ahead for discharge. This will help ease the transition from the hospital to your home. If you have any comments, positive or negative, please share them with our staff, charge nurse or nurse manager.

The Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center NICU is committed to working with you to make sure your baby receives comprehensive care. If your baby needs additional care as they grow and develop, we offer a full-service pediatrics program.