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.