Here are some of the health care providers you will come across in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Registered nurse – Your baby will be cared for by a registered nurse who has specialized knowledge in caring for babies who are in the NICU. During your baby’s stay in the NICU, you will have the most contact with the nurses caring for your baby. They will be able to answer your questions and provide you with updates on your baby’s progress.
Lactation consultant – The lactation consultant is a registered nurse with specialized training in breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are able to provide information and answer your questions on pumping and breastfeeding your baby.
Registered respiratory therapist – A registered respiratory therapist (RRT) has specialized knowledge and training in all areas of respiratory care. If your baby requires additional respiratory support, an RRT will help the team choose the best method to support your baby.
Social worker – Our social workers are part of our interprofessional NICU team. They can help you and your child with personal, social, emotional, and financial needs you may be experiencing following your baby’s admission to the NICU.
Paediatrician – This is a doctor who specializes in paediatrics (children’s health). They will help to assess your baby’s needs and requirements on a daily basis in consultation with the registered nurse that is caring for your baby.
Neonatologist – A neonatologist is a paediatrician with advanced knowledge in caring for babies who are critically ill.
Pharmacist – Another team member is the pharmacist. They can provide consultation on dosages, frequency, and the best medication(s) for your baby. They can also answer questions that you may have about your baby’s medications.
Child life specialist – The child life specialist is an integral member of the health care team. The child life specialist helps your baby through their developmental stages and meeting their milestones through play and tummy time.