Premature Babies

​Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered premature. The earlier a baby is born, the greater their risk for complications. Some of these complications include growth and mental development impairments, jaundice​, temperature stability issues, respiratory problems and feeding challenges. 

At PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, babies born prematurely are immediately placed in our Special Care Nursery where they receive one-on-one care. Our Special Care Nursery is staffed with skilled nurses and specialized technology, ensuring expert care is provided to babies requiring a higher level of care. Care received in the Nursery decreases a baby’s hospital stay by three to five days.

Extended or long-term care may require mechanical support. In these situations, we use infant transport (a specialized transport service) to utilize services found in Everett or Seattle. ​​