Specialty physicians and nursing staff are available to care for women who have moderate-risk conditions or develop complications during pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum.
Memorial’s Level II Nurseries offer advanced care to newborns with special medical needs. To ensure that special needs are met, Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers’ Care Team includes:
- The mother’s obstetrician
- The baby’s physician
- Neonatologists from Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc.
- Nurse clinicians
- Registered nurses certified in inpatient obstetrics and neonatal nursing
- Obstetric nurses specially trained in labor and delivery and mother/Baby Care
- Lactation consultants
- Social workers
Level II and II E Nurseries
Some babies born at Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers require additional support during the transition period (the first hour or two after birth) and beyond. Memorial provides newborn specialty care to Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers.
Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers’ Level II Nurseries can accommodate babies who require specialized care due to premature birth or other health issues. Memorial Hospital Belleville has a Level II Nursery, and Memorial Hospital Belleville has a Level II E Nursery. The Level II E Nursery can take care of babies the Level II Nursery can't. Babies who are a little earlier (as early as 30 weeks), a little smaller (as small as 2.75 pounds), and a little more fragile (those on assisted ventilation).
A neonatologist, pediatrician, or family practitioner and Level II Nursery nurse work collaboratively to care for premature babies and those who need extra medical care. These babies may be treated for conditions such as respiratory difficulties, feeding problems, congenital abnormalities, infections, or low blood glucose levels. Babies in the Level II or Level II E Nursery may require treatments such as IV fluids, oxygen, antibiotics, phototherapy, or assistance with breathing.