Neonatologists are doctors who have specialty training in the care of premature and critically-ill newborns. The neonatologists are responsible and direct all care for the newborns, and are available 24 hours a day.
Doctors who come to Blank Children's Hospital to receive training in pediatrics. They work closely with the attending neonatologists to care for the babies on the unit.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs)
Neonatal nurse practitioners report to and collaborate with neonatologists, resident physicians and other medical specialists in the care of infants. The NNPs give medical orders, prescribe medications, perform procedures and make decisions about types of care to pursue based on urgent or emergency needs.
Neonatal Transport Team
The neonatal transport team provides specialized and expert care for ill infants. Our team of highly trained and experienced nurses work to stabilize the infant's condition prior to traveling while the nurse is in communication with the neonatologists. Ongoing communication is provided to the parents and referring facility until the family can be reunited with their infant.
Experienced nurses who care for premature and critically-ill newborns at the bedside 24 hours per day. They provide high-quality nursing care with leading-edge technology and developmentally supportive care.
The respiratory therapists provide a wide range of services, such as assessing and treating infants with compromised airways, ventilator management and surfactant and nitric oxide administration. Respiratory therapists also provide point of care testing for blood gas analysis.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists
Blank Children's Hospital offers a full range of therapy services for inpatient and outpatient care for infants, children and teens who have an injury, developmental condition or illness. Our services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and audiology. Learn more about Blank Children's Therapy Services.
The care managers help parents prepare for discharge from the hospital. They help plan for all home care needs and organize education for parents and families.
To assist parents during stressful times, professional licensed social workers are available to offer support and social work services. Parenting, marital, family, financial and discharge planning concerns are some of the reasons parents and family members may talk with a social worker.
Chaplains and community pastors are available to help meet the needs of parents and family members.
The NICU supports the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide breast milk for the first year of life. Since most babies admitted to the NICU are unable to nurse, we provide mothers with support as they establish their milk supply for their infant. Learn more about Lactation Services.
Developmental Clinic Follow-up
At Blank Children's Developmental Center, we help monitor the developmental needs of the premature or critically-ill infant. Learn more about the Developmental Center.