Level II Nursery

At SOGA, our staff knows how important the birthing experience is to our patients and their families. For this reason we continue perform all of our deliveries at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Women and Infants Center in Breese, Illinois. We feel St. Joe’s Level II Nursery allows us to offer patients the safest available birthing experience for both mom and baby.

If you’re an expecting mother or a patient wishing to become pregnant, it’s important to understand the difference between Level I nurseries and Level II nurseries before making a decision on an obstetrical provider.

Level I nursery – Other local hospitals

The regional care center with the State of Illinois has determined that this center has adequate training and resources to take care of low risk term infants usually those near their due date with no problems.  

Level II nursery – St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese

The regional care center with the State of Illinois has determined that this center has the facilities, training, and personnel to care for infants of higher risk. This includes preterm infants, twins, and high risk conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions.

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Women and Infants Center in Breese

  • Level II/Special care nursery supervised by board certified pediatric hospitalist
  • State of the art equipment
  • 2 specially trained Registered Nurses present for each delivery
  • Permanent nursing staff
  • All nurses and physicians are BLS, ACLS and NRP certified
  • Board certified obstetricians
  • Board certified pediatricians on staff
  • Board certified anesthesiologist on staff - 24 hour anesthesia service
  • Pediatric and anesthesia specialty physicians on staff
  • Lactation specialist/RN available 24 hours

Other hospitals

  • 1 RN and 1 Aide or LPN at delivery
  • Nursing staff with other staffing obligations
  • No pediatricians on staff
  • No anesthesiologist on staff
  • No adult intensive care unit

What do these differences mean to obstetrical patients? In order to illustrate this, we have provided a couple of common scenarios to differentiate between Level I and Level II nurseries.

Scenario 1:

Ms. Smith presents to the hospital in premature labor. She still has five weeks to go until her due date. At Women and Infants Center in Breese, Ms. Smith could stay in the community and delivery at the Women and Infants Center. At other local hospitals, Ms. Smith would be transferred to the nearest tertiary center, usually St. Mary’s in Richmond Heights, MO.

Scenario 2:

Ms. Jones still has 8 weeks to go until her due date when she starts having heavy bleeding. She goes to her hospital for care. When she arrives, both Ms. Jones and her baby are having problems.  In an emergency such as this the patient may not be able to be transferred and care may need to be provided at a local hospital.  Emergency services are influenced by the level of experience, training, and availability of your staff.