Beth Israsel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth


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Welcome to BID-Plymouth's Neonatology program, including our Continuing Care Nursery (CCN). Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Neonatologist Barbara Shephard, MD, is the medical director of the CCN. She and other neonatologists from BIDMC provide 24/7 care and coverage for babies who require extra care as they start out in life.

Our dedicated nursery specializes in caring for premature and term newborns that need extra time to recover or mature before going home.

Critical milestones that assure Special Care babies are ready to go home include:

  • Full recovery from breathing problems
  • Ability to maintain temperature in an open crib
  • Consistently weight gain and growth
  • Consistently good breastfeeding or bottle feeding
  • Mature breathing control, including a monitored spell-free period of typically 5-7 days
  • Recommended screenings for newborn infants include: hearing, certain kinds of heart abnormalities, and rare, but teatable, metabolic disorders
  • Additional screenings for prematurely born infants including: car seat safety and sometimes eye exams

Family Participation – what to expect in the nursery

  • Parents are encouraged to take part in their newborn’s care, and staff offer on-going support and education to assure parent’s confidence and ability to care for baby prior to going home
  • While we are pleased to offer 24 hour per-day visitation, grandparents, friends and siblings must be accompanied by a parent and the number of visitors at any one time is limited.
  • In order to minimize risk of exposure to infection, children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the nursery between Nov 1 and April 1st
  • Safety and security is always a priority – The BirthPlace is a locked until with 24-hour video surveillance. The CCN is within the nursery.

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Maternity Services
275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA 02360


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