Special Care Nursery
Wilmington Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Your birthing hospital needs to be prepared to handle all the needs of
you and your baby. Occasionally, newborn infants need special medical
care within minutes of their delivery. If this is the case for your baby
at Saint Francis Healthcare, we will immediately take them to our neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU), known as the Special Care Nursery (SCN).
What Does This Mean for My Child?
It is normal to feel anxious when your infant needs to be transferred to
the NICU, but rest assured that this is the best place for them if they
are experiencing medical problems. The NICU is outfitted with special
equipment designed for infants and staffed by a team of neonatologists
and nurses trained in treating infants with special needs.
Infants are often sent to the Special Care Nursery when:
- They are born prematurely
- There was a complication during labor
- They experience health issues within a few days after birth
- They are born with a defect or congenital condition
You will likely have a lot of questions while your child is in the Special
Care Nursery, and our team will be more than happy to address all of our
concerns; in fact, we encourage questions. You should not be forced to
worry unnecessarily while your child receives care. Let us know your concerns
so that we can help you better understand the situation.
Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Affiliate
Saint Francis Healthcare’s Special Care Nursery is backed by Nemours
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children— the exclusive provider of
Level II neonatology services. All infants admitted to the SCN receive
care from a Nemours neonatologist who specializes in treating newborns
with special medical needs. Nemours is a world-renown children’s
hospital that has been consistently ranked as one of the best children’s
hospitals in the nation by multiple organizations, including Leapfrog
and U.S. News & World Report.