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Our Caregivers

A team of highly-specialized and experienced staff care for babies in our NICU:

  • Neonatologist: A pediatrician who specializes in the care of sick or premature babies in the advanced NICU. Neonatologist are in-house, 24-hours a day to respond to changes in your baby's condition. Your neonatologists leads the team of experts who cares for your baby. When your baby is well enough, the neonatologist will transfer care to your pediatrician.
  • Pediatrician: A doctor who specializes in the care of babies and older children. Your pediatrician will be in charge of your baby's care after discharge from the hospital.
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP): A registered nurse with advanced education, experience, and skills in caring for sick or premature babies. These nurses work closely with the neonatologists to plan your baby's care.
  • Chaplain: A non-denominational minister is available weekdays and  on-call during the weekend for families who would like spiritual support. Families are also encouraged to invite their personal minister to visit them in the NICU.
  • Child Life Specialist: These professionals teach you developmentally appropriate activities for your baby, and make sure that your infant receives additional nurturing. They are also available to explain the NICU to siblings.
  • Consulting Specialists: Your baby's doctor may ask other specialized physicians to examine your baby. These may include a pediatric ophthalmologist, pediatric cardiologist, or pediatric gastroenterologist. These doctors may recommend additional medical care or tests to help your baby.
  • Financial Counselor: These counselors help you understand your insurance coverage and any uncovered expenses.
  • Lactation Consultants: These breastfeeding specialists are available to teach you about the techniques and issues related to breastfeeding while your baby stays in the NICU and after you go home. They are also available to help you with breast pumping needs that include additional equipment and the refrigeration of your milk. We encourage mothers to begin pumping breast milk for their baby within six hours of delivery.
  • Neonatal Dietician: This professional monitors your baby's nutritional needs to help your baby grow strong.
  • Neonatal Pharmacy Specialist: These pharmacists specialize in newborn medications and how these medications work together to help your baby recover and remain healthy.
  • Neonatal Respiratory Therapist (RT): A therapist who cares for babies with lung disease or breathing problems. They manage your baby's ventilator or oxygen support and perform tests that help determine the condition of your baby's respiratory system.
  • Occupational Therapist (OT): A therapist who works with your baby to ensure correct development of muscles and bones.
  • Social Worker: A professional who provides support and information about community resources and any other help you may need.
  • Other members of the NICU team may include patient-care technicians, unit secretaries, lab technicians, and X-ray/ultrasound personnel.