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Your NICU Team

NICU Care TeamTrust your baby’s health to the experienced and compassionate teams at Cone Health’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Our specialists partner with you to provide family-centered care and support that helps your little one go home as soon as possible.

NICU Parent: Your Role

As a parent, you’re the most important member of your baby’s care team. As your newborn’s best advocate, you’re encouraged to stay informed and involved with his or her care every step of the way. Count on us to help you understand your little one’s condition and care, so you can feel comfortable caring for him or her in the hospital and after you return home.

Your NICU Team: Medical Specialists

Your baby’s neonatal intensive care team includes a variety of doctors, nurses and other care providers, such as:

  • Board-certified neonatologists – Lead your baby’s care team; these pediatricians have advanced training in caring for ill or premature babies and are available 24/7 at Cone Health
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) – Work closely with neonatologists to care for your newborn; these nurses have completed an advanced educational program and can provide treatment and write prescriptions
  • Registered nurses (RNs) – Monitor your baby, provide bedside care, and offer education and support to families; all our NICU nurses have special training and experience caring for ill and premature babies
  • Respiratory therapists – Help your baby breathe more easily by assisting with mechanical ventilator management and airway support
  • Neonatal dietitian – Monitors your baby’s growth and makes nutrition recommendations to support growth and development
  • Lactation consultants – Provide breastfeeding support and education, including help overcoming challenges associated with feeding breastmilk to a premature baby
  • Pharmacists – Prepare safe and effective medications and intravenous (IV) solutions for your baby
  • Rehabilitation therapists – Evaluate and support your baby’s development; your team may include physical therapists, occupational therapists and/or speech-language pathologists
  • Audiologist – Administers a routine, noninvasive screening test called BAER (brainstem auditory evoked response) to detect hearing loss

Your NICU Team: Support Specialists

When you need help coping with the ups and downs of your baby’s neonatal intensive care stay, ask your nurse to connect you with support specialists, such as:

  • Interfaith chaplains – Listen, provide encouragement and spiritual counsel, facilitate family conversations, and offer prayers and blessings if desired; learn more about spiritual care at Cone Health
  • Clinical social worker – Provides emotional support, assistance and information about community resources regardless of your situation or financial need

Additional Support Staff at Women’s Hospital

At Women’s Hospital, your care team may also include:

  • “NICU nannies” – Help with feeding, holding and comforting babies, run errands, and assist with special projects; these veteran volunteers have a proven track record at Cone Health and experience caring for babies
  • Neonatal follow-up coordinator – Schedules appointments with specialists and at the Medical and Developmental Follow-Up Clinics
  • Early intervention specialist – Assists families whose babies need special medical care after going home from the hospital; this child development expert makes home visits to help ensure you’re connected with and getting all necessary follow-up care

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