Special Care Infant Service is a nurse home visiting program for families with babies who need a little special care. Our goal is to help families make sure their babies are healthy as they grow and learn. Our nurses help you learn more about baby health, safety, and development as you love and nurture your new baby.
We work with families for 3 to 6 months, visiting in your home weekly for the first 6 weeks, then spacing visits out over the next few months. We focus on five areas of support and education: health, safety, development, parenting skills, and self-sufficiency.
During our visits, we may:
Measure baby's weight, length, and head circumference
Assist with breast and bottle feeding
Help you learn special skills needed for your child's needs (home oxygen, feeding tubes, medications, etc.)
Show you how to make a safe sleep nursery for your baby
Connect you with others in the community who can help with home safety
Share information about what to expect as your baby grows and develops
Listen to your concerns and help you learn skills for parenting
Who We Serve
Criteria for this program include, but are not limited to:
Premature (<34 weeks) or late preterm (34-37 weeks) infant Term infant with medical condition Failure to thrive Concerns with growth and development Prenatal exposure to harmful substances Parent/caregiver mental health concerns Parental/caregiver learning difficulty or disability Cultural/language/age challenges to health communication and learning Family needs assistance with access to health care or other support services Complex health, social, economic, or environmental issues impacting family health