Babies born in the hospital are cared for in a nursery following delivery. If there is a health concern with the infant, they may require more advanced care in a different type of nursery. LDS Hospital provides access to a special care nursery for infants in need of advanced care.
What is a Special Care Nursery?
When an infant is too sick to go home with their mother following birth, LDS Hospital will place the infant in the special care nursery. In our special care nursery, infants are given 24-hour pediatric care from our support team. Typically, infants in the Special Care Nursery are not sick enough to be transferred to a Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), but have conditions that require additional treatment such as jaundice, low oxygen levels or need antibiotics.
LDS Hospital Special Care Nursery
We understand how precious your new infant is to you and your family. It is our goal to make sure you have access to spend time with your new arrival. Our special care nursery not only provides around the clock care for your infant, we also provide the following:
- Mothers can care for their baby in the unit, and have support for breastfeeding. The rooms provide privacy for the new mom to spend alone time with their new baby, and our nurses and physicians are available to provide answer to questions about treatments.
- Our nursery is equipped to care for infants 34 weeks and older.
Caring for Your New Baby
LDS Hospital provides care for newborns and mothers that may require a longer stay in the hospital due to health or birth complications. Our trained, experienced team of professionals offers attentive care for mothers and their new infants. We use the latest treatments and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure patients are given the best care possible. Contact LDS Hospital to learn more about our special care nursery.
Our newly remodeled nursery consists of:
- A 12-bed unit with beautiful and spacious private rooms for babies and families.
- Large exterior windows that give rooms natural light and beautiful views of the surrounding foothills.
- Private rooms, without charge, for mothers who are discharged before their babies are ready to go home. These are for parents who are preparing to take a baby home on monitors and oxygen. Also used for mothers trying to establish breast-feeding with their Special Care Nursery babies.
We are a team of specialized caregivers focused on individualized care of infants and their families.
- Neonatal nurse practitioners are located in-house, 24/7.
- We attend all high-risk deliveries where infants might require resuscitation.
- Our nurses do the first assessment on all infants born at LDSH and help parents learn the miracle of their new baby.
- We care for premature infants born up to two months early.
- We are called to help with deliveries that might occur off the Labor and Delivery floor, such as Emergency Room, Operating Room and even in the Entrance Hall!
- We work with parents to involve them in the care of their baby.
- We provide information to parents about their infant’s health and safety.
- We offer specialized lactation support for breast-feeding mothers.