The NICU is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. This team is made up of neonatologists, pediatricians, registered nurses, therapists, social worker, and a dietitian.
Neonatologists are doctors who have taken specialized training in the care of sick newborns. These are the same neonatologists who provide care to the newborns in the NICU at St. Louis Children's Hospital and are affiliated with Washington University. Another doctor that may be present in the NICU is a pediatrician. These pediatricians are Washington University physicians. MoBap registered nurses provide exceptional specialized care to sick newborns at the bedside in the NICU. The NICU also has a number of specialized therapist involved in the team. The occupational therapist is a specialist of newborn development specifically any feeding issues that may occur. Another type of therapist in the NICU is a physical therapist. They assess and work with newborns on muscle tone and movement. The respiratory therapist aids newborns in breathing. The NICU has a social worker available for any unique family needs. The dietician is specialized in the nutrition and growth of the newborn.
All of these staff members work together to provide exceptional care for not only your baby, but your family too. Our goal is the work together, both staff and family, to provide family-centered care. Family centered care allows you to get to know your new baby, such as how they respond to stimulation and noises. This information can be helpful to NICU staff members when creating a plan of care of your baby. We encourage you to participate in changing the diaper, feeding, bathing, and dressing your baby. Working together as a collaborative team results in the best possible experience for you and your baby.
For more information, call (314) 996-LIFE (5433) or toll-free (800) 392-0936 or email us.