Special Care Nursery
Giving birth to a sick or premature baby is incredibly hard for any parent. But you can rest assured we have everything you need to get your little bundle healthy and ready to go home.
If you give birth to a baby who needs extra medical attention, your child will go from the delivery room directly to our Special Care Nursery. This is our intensive care unit designed especially for our tiniest patients, with high-tech incubators and monitoring systems to keep them warm and safe, and round-the-clock care from a team of doctors and nurses who specialize in treating newborns.
We understand that having a child in the Special Care Nursery can be overwhelming, and we’ll do everything we can to ease your worries and help your baby get healthy fast.
Why might your baby need special care?
The most common reasons babies are admitted to the Special Care Nursery are:
- Premature birth before week 32 of pregnancy
- Low birth weight less than 5.5 pounds
- Being born with a medical condition, like a heart problem or infection, that requires special treatment.
Twins, triplets and other multiples often need to spend time in the Special Care Nursery as well, because they are more likely to arrive earlier and weigh less than single birth babies.
Who will care for your baby in the Special Care Nursery?
If your newborn needs treatment or observation in the Special Care Nursery, you and your baby will have access to a wide variety of specialists, including:
- Respiratory therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Lactation consultants
- Social workers
- Hospital chaplains