Parents & Families

ABOUT THE NICU

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is also sometimes called a Special Care Nursery. It is an intensive care facility designed specifically for sick newborns who need specialized medical attention. The NICU is outfitted with equipment designed especially for the smallest patients and staffed by personnel with expertise in infant care. Babies are admitted to the NICU for many reasons. About half are premature, while the remainder have a variety of illnesses, infections or congenital anomalies. Some infants spend a few days in the NICU, while extremely premature infants and those with more serious medical ailments require much longer stays.

ABOUT THE NICU TEAM

At MANA, we recognize that newborns are uniquely fragile patients who face medical challenges which require
extraordinary attention. In order to provide the best and most personalized neonatal care, while also supporting NICU
parents and families, our NICU Team is large and diverse. Our team includes:

NEONATOLOGISTS

NEONATOLOGISTS

Pediatricians with specialized training in the care of critically-ill infants. They are the leaders of the NICU care team.

NEONATAL NURSE PRACTITIONERS

NEONATAL NURSE PRACTITIONERS

Advanced practice, masters-prepared nurses who assist the neonatologists in caring for infants in the NICU.

NEONATAL PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

NEONATAL PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

Health care professionals trained to care for infants in the NICU under the supervision of the neonatologist.

NEONATAL REGISTERED NURSES

NEONATAL REGISTERED NURSES

Nurses who have had training in the care of critically ill infants and their families.

PEDIATRIC RESIDENTS

PEDIATRIC RESIDENTS

Physicians who have completed medical school and are in training to become pediatricians.

RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS

RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS

Health care practitioners with training in the care of infants who require support for respiratory illness. They monitor oxygen therapy and ventilator care, and perform selected bedside laboratory testing.

PHARMACISTS

PHARMACISTS

Health care professionals who prepare and dispense medications for infants in the NICU.

LACTATION CONSULTANTS

LACTATION CONSULTANTS

Healthcare professionals who assist families in the NICU with breast feeding their infants.

SPEECH AND FEEDING THERAPISTS

SPEECH AND FEEDING THERAPISTS

Speech-language pathologists who specialize in feeding and swallowing disorders of premature and sick neonates. They evaluate and treat infants who are having difficulty with breast or bottle-feeding.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Specialty trained health care professionals who work with your baby (and you) to enhance neuromuscular function and promote developmental skills that are adversely affected by prematurity and other medical problems.

SOCIAL WORKERS

SOCIAL WORKERS

Professionally trained members of the health care team who provide emotional and logistical support to parents during their babies’ NICU stay. They are the family’s advocate in coordinating hospital services and procuring benefits, and help plan for discharge.

CARE MANAGERS

CARE MANAGERS

Specialized nurses who assist NICU families with planning for discharge. The care manager will help you connect with resources for medical supplies and services which your baby may need at home and may assist with financial and insurance concerns.

INFANT APNEA TEAM

INFANT APNEA TEAM

Neonatologists and advanced practitioners who support infants (and their families) who require apnea monitors after discharge.

PARENT SERVICES LIAISON

PARENT SERVICES LIAISON

MANA-employed professionals who will help you work with your health insurance carrier and facilitate communication with the neonatologists.

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