For infants who require an increased level of care, the St. Francis Family Birth Place offers a Level 2 Special Care Nursery.
Infants who arrive prematurely (4 to 8 weeks before their due date), babies who need treatment for infections, or babies require extra care and monitoring as they adjust to life outside their mother’s womb may be admitted to the Special Care Nursery.
Babies in our Special Care Nursery are cared for by a team of providers that includes a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP), pediatrician or neonatologist, and nurses with specialized training in caring for ill or premature infants. Our NNPs are on-site 24 hours a day. These advanced practitioners are affiliated with Children's Minnesota and work in tandem with the Children's Neonatology group.
For babies who need the highest level of care, our staff will help stabilize and will arrange a direct transfer to Children's Minnesota's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
St. Francis Family Birth Place is committed to keeping parents near their infants when possible. We may be able to provide a private boarding room in the hospital so parents can be near their infant to bond, feed and help with care until the baby is ready to go home.