Special Care Nursery

Patients of our obstetricians and nurse midwives give birth at The Mom's Place at Catholic Medical Center, a family-centered birthing program that supports the concept of Mom-Baby Care. The Mom's Place features a Special Care Nursery designed specifically for infants who are born as early as 32 weeks and need a little extra time to grow.

This is the first program of its kind in New England and is based on a model of Neonatal Couplet Care developed in Sweden. The program is designed to minimize separation between parents and baby, encourage bonding and attachment and give parents greater confidence in assuming their role as primary caregivers when it's time to go home.

Babies up to eight weeks premature

The Mom's Place stabilizes babies up to eight weeks premature in the birthing room, returns them to the mother within minutes of delivery, and attaches them to monitoring and respiratory equipment as needed. Mothers and their babies are transferred to one of the Special Care Nursery's four family care rooms, where the mother receives her postpartum care while her baby receives specialized care. An experienced team of neonatologists and pediatricians from the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) provide medical care and oversee the sophisticated monitoring equipment and life-saving support systems.

Babies born before 32 weeks

If a baby is born before 32 weeks or requires additional attention based on a specific condition or illness, the Special Care Nursery includes a stabilization room with 24-hour ventilator support and preparation for transfer to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit if needed.

Transferring babies

Babies who need to be transferred to a tertiary care center have the option of going to CHaD at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, or to the hospital of their choice.