The Saigh Foundation Special Care Nursery, St. Luke's level II neonatal nursery, offers care for premature infants born as early as 30 weeks and newborns with other special medical needs. Neonatologists, pediatricians, certified neonatal nurse practitioners and specially trained nursing staff provide the advanced care and specialized support these babies need.
In 2013, an extensive renovation expanded the Special Care Nursery to include:
Designed around the needs and comfort of babies and their families, the spacious rooms include large windows, recliner chairs and special features such as warming lights over the sink for bath time right in the room. A separate Lactation Room with a flat screen TV for viewing videos offers additional space and privacy for breastfeeding.
Some of the special medical care babies may receive in the Special Care Nursery include assistance with breathing or IV therapy. Others may have complications such as infections, low blood glucose levels or heart defects. Some infants may only need the specialized care and support of the Special Care Nursery for a couple days, while others may require a longer stay.
Parents are encouraged to visit their baby in the Special Care Nursery as much as possible and participate in their baby's care. They are invited to get daily updates by participating in the healthcare team's bedside shift reports and patient rounds. Staff also offer bath demonstrations, helpful feeding hints and techniques, and CPR demonstrations to help parents best learn how to care for their baby.
St. Luke's Neonatologists are part of Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation's leading provider of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty physician services.
The Special Care Nursery Experience
Karri's and Baby Will's story (PDF)