Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our biggest little miracles


It can happen to anybody.

Having a baby in the NICU isn’t just about the baby – it’s about the whole family.

Skilled nurses keep a close eye on the babies, some small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, who are hooked to ventilators, causing tiny chests to quiver as they pump in 750 to 900 breaths a minute.

The University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the first place these newborn babies call home. It is a place where the combination of medicine, technology and highly trained experts can save a baby’s life.

Since 1984, our neonatal physicians, nurses and other caregivers have dedicated themselves to providing the very best care to their little patients, positively impacting the lives of thousands of grateful families, and making the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital NICU one of the leading neonatal units in the United States.

Even the healthiest of mothers who experience normal pregnancies can end up with a baby in the NICU. Regardless of what brings these babies to our door, it is critical that UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provides and environment that serves each and every one of these precious patients with the excellence in neonatal care that we are known for.

And that’s why we need your help.

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NICU Stories and News

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Everything to know about UF Health Gridiron Challenge

Jan 31st, 2019

All the details you need to know for this year's UF Health Gridiron Challenge.

NICU renovations complete

Mar 27th, 2017

The newest addition to the unit is a 1,000 sq. ft. space featuring a large family and visitor waiting area, sibling play space and family support room.

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Renovated NICU Open House photos

Dec 20th, 2016

A few months ago, we opened our doors to the newly renovated neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.