Special Delivery Unit

Nicklaus Children’s Fetal Care Center is pleased to offer a Special Delivery Unit for pre-screened healthy women who are expecting a baby who will need medical/surgical care immediately after birth.

The unit provides a comfortable birthing environment that supports a smooth transfer of the baby to one of Nicklaus Children’s three Beacon Award recognized state-of-the-art pediatric intensive care units: neonatal, cardiac and pediatric intensive care (for newborns requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). The units are staffed by the region’s leading pediatric specialists.

Best of all, the Special Delivery Unit makes it possible for families to remain together at Nicklaus Children’s following the birth, creating a less stressful transition for the entire family.
The Fetal Care Unit is located on the second floor of the main hospital building:

  • 5 labor and delivery rooms
  • 5 antepartum rooms
  • Fetal operating room and C-section room
  • Family waiting area


Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Fetal Care Center offers comprehensive medical services to support families expecting a neonate with congenital differences, including heart defects, neurological conditions, craniofacial anomalies and other conditions with the aim of reducing family stress and anxiety associated with complex-care management

Access to our Team of Pediatric Specialists in:


Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care

AACN Beacon Award of ExcellenceNeonates will have ready access to the hospital’s critical care units, all recipients of Gold Beacon Awards for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). The award is bestowed on care teams that demonstrate exceptional commitment to enhancing patient outcomes through evidence-based practice.   

Ranked Among the Best Children's Hospitals

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Neonatology, Pediatric Cardiology/Cardiovascular Surgery, and Neurology/Neurosurgery.

Patients Come to the Fetal Care Center from All Parts of the World

Patients of the Fetal Care Center come from all over the world for care. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized for outstanding medical care, research and innovation, and welcomes patients from more than 80 countries around the globe every year. Our Global Health department offers expert care coordination that begins with the first contact and continues throughout inpatient stay, follow-up care and the transition back home, including coordination and follow-up with your local physician. For more information, visit Global Health or contact 1-888-797-6010.