While your baby is in the NICU there will be many doctors, nurses, and specialists who will be helping your baby grow and get better. They will also be helping you as you get ready to take your baby home. A baby's family is an important member of the NICU team. We welcome you to participate with us as we care for your baby.
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  • Case Manager - Facilitates the patient's continuity of care by assisting in the coordination of services post-discharge and obtaining the resources necessary for discharge. Information is communicated to appropriate members of the health care team for the transition to home or other facilitates.
  • Child Life Specialist - Supports families through family activities like Building Blocks Parenting Group, scrapbook, and infant massage. They help siblings understand their special role as a NICU big brother/sister. Specialists promote normal development in babies through play and coordinate volunteers who rock babies. Our Child Life Specialist also maintains the NICU Sibling Playroom.
  • Lactation Consultant - Registered nurse specialists who are board-certified as Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). These nurse specialists help mothers with learning breastfeeding, using a breast pump, and solving breastfeeding or pumping problems.
  • Neonatal Pharmacist - A pharmacist who has expertise in neonatal/infant medications. They attend rounds with the medical team to provide guidance in optimal medication use. They assist families at discharge by providing medication information and medication schedules for home.
  • Neonatal Therapist - Neonatal therapists are part of your NICU team. These therapists may be Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, or Speech Pathologists. Therapists help you and your baby as your baby grows. They will help your baby learn to feed, develop, and get ready to go home.
  • Patient Care Technician- Assists with the non-technical care of patients such as feeding, bathing, and obtaining vital signs.
  • Team Leader - A registered nurse who acts as a "charge nurse" for the NICU.
  • Registered Dietician - Design specific nutrition plans for pre-mature or chronically ill infants to help them grow and meet all of their nutritional needs. This includes non-oral and oral feedings. The Registered Dietitian selects which formula is appropriate for the patient's needs. They help families with WIC paperwork, formula, and supplements at discharge and provide feeding guidance for families after discharge.
  • Respiratory Therapist - Experts in the respiratory care of neonates and the equipment used to provide that care.
  • Secretary - Assists families with visitor badges and visiting policies, provides information related to meal tickets for breastfeeding moms, directions to areas of the hospital.
  • Social Worker - Master-Level Clinician trained to provide emotional support to families who are adjusting to having a baby admitted to the hospital, address psychosocial problems as a part of the medical team, mediate during stressful family situations, advocate for patients and their families, problem-solve possible obstacles/barriers and assist with accessing community/hospital resources, and coordinate services with community agencies on behalf of families who require assistance with violent, neglectful, or risky home environments.