The NICU Health Care Team

The health care professionals in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Kravis Children's Hospital all play a part in helping your baby get the best possible start in life. They include the following people:

Attending Neonatologist: Pediatrician with special training in the care of sick and premature newborns, who directs all the medical care in the unit

Fellow: A pediatrician who is training to be a specialist in Neonatology

Private Pediatrician: Primary physician chosen by the family to provide medical care to their infant

Resident: Pediatrics doctor-in-training who helps manage the medical care of newborns

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: Registered nurse with specialized training in newborn medicine who manages the medical care of babies

Clinical Nurse Manager: Registered nurse who plans and directs nursing care and activities in the unit

Clinical Coordinator: Registered nurse who educates the nurses about nursing care and teaches parents about caring for newborns

Primary Nurse: Registered nurse with specialized training in NICU nursing who will care for your baby and coordinate your baby's care

Associate Nurse: Registered nurse with specialized training in NICU nursing who will care for your baby when the primary nurse is not working

Clinical Social Worker: Certified social worker who offers families support, counseling and helps with planning for going home with your baby

Occupational/Physical Therapist: Registered therapists with specialized training who work with parents on feeding and positioning of babies

Respiratory Therapist: Registered therapists who specialize in breathing or lung problems of newborns

Pediatric Pathologist: A doctor who specializes in examining tissue specimens Babies admitted to the NICU have their placentas (after-birth) sent to the pathologist for examination. This can help in understanding some newborn problems.