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.
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.
Occupational therapists working in the neonatal intensive care unit provide oral motor/feeding and developmental evaluation/treatment of the premature and critically-ill infant. Oral motor/feeding intervention may include determining the safety of oral feeding, optimal positioning for feeding, feeding techniques to improve the quality of feeding by breast or bottle, and working collaboratively with the medical team to establish feeding schedules that support the health of the baby. Developmental intervention may include hands-on treatment to influence muscle tone and movement patterns as well as providing specialized positioning to promote optimal development. Occupational therapists facilitate the transition from hospital to home by providing parent education as it relates to feeding and development.
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.
Developmental Clinic Follow-up
We offer an outpatient Developmental Clinic to help monitor the developmental needs of the premature or critically-ill infant. Learn more about the Developmental Clinic.