The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the part of the hospital where premature or sick newborns get care. The NICU staff is a team of specially trained doctors, nurses, and support staff. Their job is to give your baby the best medical care possible.
The staff members know what you're going through. You'll work closely with them while your baby is in the NICU. And you may get to know many of them quite well.
The NICU can seem like a crowded place. At different times during your baby's stay, 10 or more staff members may be on hand to help your baby.
Here are some of the people who work in the NICU.
The doctors and nurses rely on a support staff.
While the staff gives medical care, you are there to give your baby the things you can give best: love, cuddling, breast milk, and more. You also make the decisions about your baby's care. The staff knows that this is all new to you. They expect you to have questions and will do their best to answer them.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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