Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Team
The Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health (CIMFH) provides an unparalleled continuum of care (from high-risk pregnancies to intensive support for your child). This holistic approach to the health of mother and child means specialized care within all aspects of the patient experience. At the neonatal intensive care units, teams of expert neonatal physicians, neonatal nurses and other specialists collaborate to treat mothers and newborns.
Our Institute uniquely offers two separate neonatal units tailored to your specific needs – each staffed with teams of acclaimed specialists dedicated to the health and well-being of you and your child. Our neonatal physicians are internationally recognized for their contributions to neonatal medicine and continued efforts to discover new treatments for complicated neonatal conditions.
The multidisciplinary team provides compassionate, quality care 24 hours a day, seven days a week including:
- Neonatologists: Board-certified attending physicians who specialize in the care of premature and seriously ill newborns. This team of doctors is internationally recognized as leaders in innovative intensive care for newborns and neonatal scientific research.
- Neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows: Board-certified pediatric physicians who receive specialized training in neonatal critical care medicine. Neonatal fellows are supervised by attending neonatologists.
- Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP): Nurses with an advanced degree who provide medical management and perform many procedures. Our group of NNPs is one of the largest in the United States.
- Registered nurses: Nurses who have graduated from a nursing program at a college or university and passed the national licensing exam. Many of the nurses have worked in the NICU for more than 15 years. In addition, 30% of the bedside nurses are specialty certified in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. They use a primary nurse care model to enhance continuity of care and allow families to get to know select nurses very well. Learn more about our nurses.
- Respiratory therapists: Medical professionals who focus on helping babies breathe.
- Developmental therapists: Physical and occupational therapists who develop a comprehensive, individualized treatment program for all NICU patients to promote optimal sensory and physical development as well as feeding skills. The therapists teach parents therapy programs to encourage ideal development at home.
- Registered dietician specialist: A master’s prepared dietician who consults with the care team to provide optimal nutrition for NICU patients.
- Pharmacy specialists: Experienced doctoral prepared pharmacists who consult with the medical team to ensure all medications provided are safe and appropriate.
- Lactation specialists: Registered nurses with special training who are committed to support successful breast feeding for all mothers who desire to breast feed or provide breast milk for their baby.
- Child Life specialists: Our therapeutic Child Life program is staffed by specialists dedicated to helping patients and families in the hospital setting better cope with illness and injury, and understand specific medical issues and necessary treatments. Here in the NICU, our specialists work with parents and younger siblings of newborns to provide emotional and coping support.
- Sub-specialists: Many of our experts have a specific area of focus beyond standard pediatric training. Every sub-specialist you could need is provided and available to our patients. This collaboration has been established to provide the very best care and a well-rounded approach to health.
- Social worker: A specially-trained licensed social worker will help provide support and resources during hospitalization and in preparation for taking your baby home.
- Chaplains: Spiritual care team members available at any time by request.
- Perinatal loss coordinator and ethicists: Specially trained nurses and doctors who help support families and staff during difficult decisions. Families are provided with support and resources for one year after experiencing the loss of a newborn
- Patient families: With our family-centered approach, parents or guardians are able to attend bedside conferences with the Institute's medical staff. By learning more and understanding the next stages in treatment, families become our partners in care, dedicated to a patient's well-being.
- March of Dimes: Our partnership with March of Dimes, an organization dedicated to preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality, allows us to better reach the community in order to connect with others looking to give back and help support the health of our children.
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