Many professionals work together to care for premature or sick babies. During your stay you may meet some or all of the
- Neonatologists - pediatricians that have special training in the care of premature and sick infants.
- Primary Nurse - the nurse who will most frequently take care of your baby, develop your baby’s nursing care plan and
teach you how to care for your baby.
- Nurse Manager - a registered nurse who takes ultimate accountability for patients, families and the care they
receive in the NICU.
- Dietician - a person who specializes in nutrition and will assess your baby’s nutritional status, growth and
- Lactation Consultant - a nurse who is trained to observe, assist and advise breastfeeding mothers.
- Occupational Therapist - a person with special training in infant development and concerns surrounding oral, motor
and feeding skills.
- Physical Therapist - a person with special training in assessing and enhancing muscle tone and movement.
- Speech and Language Therapist - a person with special training in feeding skill issues like sucking and swallowing.
- Pharmacist - a person who prepares medications for your baby and provides information about medications to parents
- Social Worker - the person who will help you with non-medical issues, such as where to stay, insurance and
transportation; also provides emotional support.
- Respiratory Therapist - a person who specializes in caring for babies who need oxygen or any other help with
- Unit Secretary - a person who helps answer the phones and supports the nurses in unit activities.
Other commonly seen specialty doctors:
- Cardiologist - specializes in heart conditions
- Neurologist - specializes in conditions related to the brain and nervous system
- Nephrologist - specializes in kidney diseases and dialysis
- Gastroenterologist - specializes in conditions related to the intestinal tract
- Endocrinologist - specializes in gland and hormonal issues
- Ophthalmologist - specializes in eye health