Published on November 04, 2021

Special Care Nursery Coming to Medical Center in Midland

With a commitment to keeping care close to home for patients of all ages, the youngest of these will benefit with the addition of a Special Care Nursery coming to MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. The Medical Center received Certificate of Need approval from the state to move forward with plans to open a Level II Special Care Nursery in early 2022.

“Giving birth is a stressful situation even when all goes smoothly. With the addition of a Level II Special Care Nursery, we can now provide an even higher level of care for babies that are born prematurely or require additional treatment, such as low oxygen levels or antibiotics,” said Tonia VanWieren, R.N., B.S.N., system nursing director, maternal, child and women’s health. “For Mom and Dad, this means their newest family member can be treated closer to home, rather than being moved to another facility.”

When an infant is too sick or not quite strong enough to go home with their mother following birth, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland will place the infant in the four-bed Special Care Nursery. Here, infants receive 24-hour pediatric care and monitoring from a highly trained neonatologist, MidMichigan Specialty Care Nursery nurses and by neonatal nurse practitioners from Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

In addition to around-the-clock care for infants unable to go home right away, MidMichigan also provides support and education for Mom and families, including breastfeeding. Over time, MidMichigan has plans to continue to build its pediatric program and increase its capacity to manage even more complex cases while maintaining its family-centered approach to care.

“We have been delivering babies in Midland since our Medical Center opened its doors more than 75 years ago,” said VanWieren. “Each delivery is a privilege, and we pride ourselves on providing all the technology and care needed for a safe birth plus the comfortable amenities of home. Each birth is special and it’s our goal to meet the needs of our families by offering a full range of pediatric services.”

In addition to Midland, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Alpena, Gratiot and West Branch also have Maternity Centers, which feature:

  • All-private LDRP birthing suites where Mom and her support person may stay throughout all stages of Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum care
  • Equipment and lighting needed for baby's birth, including centralized fetal monitoring and other technologies
  • Hugs® infant tracking security system with mom-baby matching
  • A state-of-the art birthing bed that can be moved into many comfortable positions
  • Entertainment system for music, television or videos
  • An in-room refrigerator
  • Room service for regular meals plus a supply of healthy refreshments for in-between times
  • A separate sleeping space for Mom’s support person
  • Dedicated operating room on the unit for planned or emergency c-sections
  • A waiting room where visitors can make themselves comfortable

Those interested in more information about the maternity services at MidMichigan Health can visit