A doctor who specializes in the care of newborns, usually those that are born prematurely and/or have an illness, injury, or other condition. The neonatologist is your baby’s primary care doctor and will check in every day to make sure the care plan for your baby is working.
Fellow:Short for Neonatology Fellow
A doctor who is completing their specialization in newborn medicine. Like neonatologists, fellows may manage your baby’s care plan. Your fellow is the doctor you will likely see throughout the day.
An advanced practice nurse who helps with all aspects of patient care including diagnosis, treatments, and consultations. The nurse practitioner will work closely with the neonatologist or fellow to manage your baby’s care plan.
A specialist in helping patients with breathing problems, which are very common for babies in the NICU. The respiratory therapist will work with your baby’s neonatologist to create a treatment plan for your baby’s breathing and will be very involved in the use of any breathing equipment. If your baby needs breathing help, you will see the respiratory therapist several times during the day.
A professional who has been trained to care for patients. A neonatal nurse specializes in caring for babies. The nurse will be very hands-on in carrying out the care plan for your baby and will check on your baby’s condition often. The nurse is someone you will communicate with on a day to day basis and someone who can help you understand your child’s treatment plan, can answer any questions you have, and can bring your concerns to the attention of the rest of the care team.