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Special Care Nursery

Providence St. Peter Hospital’s 13-bed Special Care Nursery provides Level II intermediate neonatal care to meet the unique needs of sick and premature babies and their families. Your pediatrician or family medicine physician may care for your baby in our Special Care Nursery and consult with a Seattle Children’s pediatric hospitalist if needed.

Seattle Children’s pediatric hospitalists work in the Special Care Nursery as part of an expert team of neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, physical therapists, lactation consultants, IV therapists, dieticians and pharmacists trained and experienced in providing specialized newborn care.

Seattle Children’s pediatric hospitalists are onsite 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Our hospitalists are pediatricians whose practice is dedicated entirely to the care of hospitalized children. In our Special Care Nursery, hospitalists attend high risk births, care for most newborns admitted to Special Care Nursery, and consult with Seattle Children’s neonatologists for complex care issues and when neonatal transport is needed.

Our Littlest Patients

Each year Providence St. Peter Hospital welcomes more than 2,000 new babies. About 400 newborns are admitted to the Special Care Nursery – some for only a short observation period– and others who are premature or born with an illness or complications and face a longer stay. We also care for newborns from neonatal intensive care units who are transferred to our Special Care Nursery for intermediate care closer to home.

We are prepared to resuscitate and stabilize every newborn at birth but provide ongoing care for those born at 33-34 weeks gestation through full term. Our team provides expert care for babies who require respiratory support (including nasal CPAP), IV therapy for glucose stabilization and antibiotic therapy, tube feeding, phototherapy for newborn jaundice, and therapy for drug-affected newborns.

Family-Centered Approach

You are the most valuable member of your baby’s care team. We involve you in care planning, education and discharge planning. Each morning, our team holds family-centered rounds where you are encouraged to participate in your baby’s care plan.

Special Amenities and Services

We designed our nursery with babies and families in mind. Our single, private rooms surround a central nursing station, giving privacy as needed, and the security of knowing neonatal nurses are only a few steps away. Special features, like circadian lighting that dim at night and brighten during the day, help newborns establish a day/night rhythm.

It is important that you spend time with your baby, participate in daily care and feel comfortable and supported. Our goal is to help you gain confidence and feel prepared to care for your newborn when it is time to take your baby home.

Amenities

  • Sleeper chairs, enabling one parent to stay overnight
  • Large restroom with a shower
  • Breast milk refrigerator in each room
  • Circadian lighting
  • Noise reduction

Additional Support Services

  • Lactation consultation
  • Physical therapy
  • Social work
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Hearing screening
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Seattle Children’s cardiology consultation
  • Discharge planning
  • Infant photography

Neonatal Intermediate Transport Service

Our Transport Service, staffed by our Special Care Nursery nurses, responds to requests from Level I nurseries in South Puget Sound to transport babies who need intermediate care. This service allows a newborn who does not need intensive care, but needs a higher level of care than offered at a community hospital, to receive care at Providence St. Peter Hospital and remain close to home.

Sunshine House

We also accommodate Special Care Nursery parents at Sunshine House, located on the Providence St. Peter Hospital campus, where you can rent a guest room for a small fee. For more information, call (360) 493-7900.