Your Medical Care Team Includes:

Neonatologists are pediatricians with advanced training in intensive care newborn medicine. The neonatologist in charge of the intensive care unit is called the "attending" doctor. There is a neonatologist available at all times. These doctors work on a rotating basis, and your baby may have one attending doctor during the day and a different one at night. He or she will supervise and direct the medical care of your baby.

Neonatology fellows are pediatricians who are completing 3 years of additional training to become neonatologists. They assist in supervising resident physicians and neonatal nurse practitioners.

Pediatricians are doctors who have specialized in the care of children. These doctors are in charge of the Mother-Baby Unit and work on a rotating basis. They supervise resident physicians and provide care to normal newborn infants.

Resident physicians (residents and interns) are doctors receiving their specialty training. The doctors who assist the neonatologists are usually training in pediatrics, family medicine, or anesthesiology. They are actively involved in your baby's care and are a good resource for information.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are experienced registered nurses who have undergone advanced education and training to provide care to critically-ill newborns. They work under the direction of the neonatologist. They are also a good source of information about your baby.

Clinical nurses are registered nurses (RNs) who provide continuous care for your baby. These nurses have been specially trained in the care of critically-ill newborns. Your baby may have one or more nurses caring for him or her each shift. Shifts may vary between eight and twelve hours. The charge nurses make every effort to assure the same clinical nurses care for your baby each day.

Clinical Nurse Partners are in nursing school and work under the supervision of registered clinical nurses, to provide continuous care for your baby.

Charge nurses are clinical nurses responsible for the supervision and coordination of nursing activities on the unit.

We are assisted by a variety of ancillary professionals:

  • Lactation (breastfeeding) specialists work with mothers and clinical nurses to support your goal to provide human milk for your baby. They can assist you with pumping, obtaining equipment, and transitioning to breastfeeding. They are also a good source of information regarding issues that many mothers have with maintaining your milk supply until your baby is able to breastfeed fully.
  • Case Managers are nurses who work closely with your insurance provider and the staff to assist you with insurance questions you may have and to keep your insurance carrier informed of your baby's progress. They also assist the health care team with discharge planning and care for your infant at home.
  • Non-denominational chaplains are available to meet for counseling and spiritual support. A chaplain is on call 24 hours a day. Your clergy is also welcome to visit at any time.
  • Developmental specialists are nurses or therapists with specialized training to assess your infant's behavior and development. They work with families and medical caregivers to recommend and implement an individualized paln of care to best support your baby's developmental needs.
  • Occupational therapists help with your baby's development, especially regarding calming and organizational skills, feeding, visual skills, and early social and play skills.
  • Physical therapists help with your baby's development, especially regarding movement, strength, muscle tone, and positioning.
  • Volunteers ("cuddlers") are specially-trained to hold and comfort your baby when you cannot be in the nursery. The volunteers are available on scheduled days.
  • Respiratory therapists have specialized training in the care of babies requiring oxygen or any assistance breathing. They are experts on the medical equipment used to treat breathing problems and may give your baby some of the medicines it needs to help the lungs heal.
  • Social workers are specially trained to assist families in coping with the issues of having a sick infant. They can help with concerns about your infant, coping with the hospital environment, finances, meals, transportation, infant car seats, and accessing hospital and community resources. The social worker will explain what accommodations are available so that you can stay as physically close to your baby as possible.

Neonatologists work closely with the perinatal team that includes:

  • Obstetricians (OBs) are physicians who have successfully completed specialized education and training in the management of pregnancy, labor, and pueperium (the time-period directly following childbirth).
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians, also called perinatologists, are obstetricians who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care of expectant mothers and their unborn babies, who may be at high risk for special health problems. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist works hand-in-hand with the woman's obstetrician to develop a plan of care tailored to her personal needs and medical history. Though a woman may see a perinatologist several times throughout her pregnancy, her own obstetrician usually continues to manage the pregnancy and delivery.
  • Certified Professional Midwives are available to assist births that take place in the hospital. They offer prenatal care, comprehensive postnatal care, and breastfeeding support.