There are many reasons why a baby requires admission to a Special Care Nursery. They may have been born prematurely (before 37 completed weeks) or are unwell. This means that extra nursing care is required and this extra care is provided in the Special Care Nursery within Mitcham Maternity at Mitcham Private Hospital.
We understand the admission of your baby to the Special Care Nursery environment may generate concern and many questions. As the care and comfort of you and your baby are our primary concerns, we are pleased to provide important information on our Special Care Nursery Services.
The Special Care Nursery at Mitcham Private Hospital is a Level 2 nursery that is able to provide specialised care for babies born from 32 weeks. Experienced midwives and neonatal nurses staff the unit 24 hours a day and are supported by a team of experienced paediatricians and neonatologist. They have an on call roster 24 hours a day, 7 days a week offering parents the reassurance of the best quality expert care.
In the event your baby becomes unwell or requires increased monitoring your baby will be transferred from our Special Care Nursery to a tertiary hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
When your baby no longer requires this higher level of care they may be transferred back to Special Care Nursery at Mitcham Private Hospital.
If your baby requires one of our Paediatricians to care for your baby at birth they will visit or be in contact with you and your baby every day.