Intensive Care for Newborns
If your newborn needs special care, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is the place to be. You’ll rest assured knowing that if complications arise, you and your baby will be cared for by the most experienced neonatal intensive care teams in the metro Milwaukee and Racine areas.
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Our Level III neonatal intensive care units (NICU) at All Saints in Racine and St. Joseph in Milwaukee care for hundreds of premature and critically ill babies each year. Here you’ll find:
- Board-certified neonatologists available 24/7
- The most advanced technology and state-of-the-art monitoring systems
- NICU rooms designed with the needs of the family in mind, focusing on the critical needs of the baby and the privacy needs of the family. Parent sleeping accommodations are provided near baby.
- Typically shorter NICU stays for our babies and fewer complications related to prematurity than at other NICUs
- Family satisfaction scores in the top 20 percent of NICUs in the nation
- Care, education and support through onsite breastfeeding support, spiritual care and infant care education classes
Our NICU Team
The multi-disciplinary NICU teams are made up of experienced, compassionate experts—all dedicated to caring for these special babies. Our teams include:
- Board-certified neonatologists
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
- Pediatric surgeons who specialize in newborn surgical procedures
- Specially trained and experienced neonatal nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Pediatric therapists
- Social workers who assist with your psychosocial, emotional and financial needs
- Spiritual care counselors
- Baby's physician
- Vermont Oxford Network, health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families
Special Care Nurseries
Our Special Care Nurseries at Elmbrook Memorial and St. Francis offer additional assessment, one-on-one observation and treatment for newborns who have experienced unexpected difficulty during delivery or after birth or are born up to 8 weeks premature.
Neonatologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists and special neonatal intensive care nurses provide these babies with special care and attention. They provide a full range of services for newborns who require non-critical, specialized care and hospitalization due to various conditions, including:
- Suspected infections
- Respiratory problems
- Need to be stabilized in preparation for a transfer to our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph or All Saints.
Patient Experience Story
Gabe's story is one that demonstrates not only the compassion of our Special Care Nursery staff, but the profound importance of their everyday work.