Neonatology Services

  • Consultation with obstetricians, pediatricians, and family physicians about conditions affecting newborn infants.
  • Provides care to the newborn at a cesarean or vaginal delivery if the baby may require medical intervention, including resuscitation.
  • Assessment and management of normal newborn.
  • Coordinates care and medically manage (diagnose and treat) newborns, in the newborn intensive care unit, born premature, critically ill, born with birth defects or in need of surgery.
  • Ensures that critically ill newborns receive the proper nutrition for healing and growth.
  • Medically manage newborns and act as team leader during neonatal transport (ground and air) from one facility to another.

 


Neonatology Information

The neonatology division of Kidz Medical Services (KMS), also known as Critical Care Newborn Services (CCNS), is a South Florida based group of trained medical professionals specializing in the medical care of newborns, especially premature or critically ill newborns. Our neonatology division consists of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and physician assistants, all highly educated and specially trained to care for newborns.

While your baby is in the hospital a member of Kidz Medical Services may provide health care for your baby. Each baby receives personalized attention from a specialized team, that meets the needs of his or her specific condition. Our neonatology group may care for your baby in a variety of ways in the hospital.

Before your baby is born, your obstetrician may ask for a neonatology prenatal consult. A neonatal specialist from KMS will be asked to give advice and speak with the parents-to-be, if the obstetrician considers the pregnancy to be high risk or a premature delivery is anticipated.

In the delivery room, a neonatal specialist from KMS may be in attendance to provide medical care for your baby. Your baby may require medical intervention, even at times resuscitation, in support of a cesarean section, a high-risk pregnancy, a labor and delivery complication, a pre-term delivery, or baby with a medical/surgical condition.
neo sideThe neonatology group may care for your baby in the newborn nursery or in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

In the newborn nursery, the KMS specialist may act as the general pediatrician, providing well newborn evaluation and care. Sometimes, your pediatrician will consult with the neonatology group for well baby care or if a concern arises.

If your baby is in the NICU, the neonatologist will be the health care team leader for your baby. The neonatologist will manage your baby's medical treatment and coordinate the NICU team that will take care of your baby. Potential members of this team can be nurses, specialized doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, and YOU, the most important member of the Health Care Team!

Kidz Medical Services is a hospital based medical provider, which means KMS will not continue to provide medical care after your baby is discharged home from the hospital. It is important for you to choose a pediatrician and make a follow up appointment with that physician before your baby is discharged home.

Neonatology
The branch of pediatric medicine concerned with the newborn; the diagnosis and treatment of neonates, especially premature or critically ill neonates.

Neonatologist
The neonatologist is a doctor who is an expert in the medical care of newborns, especially newborns with special needs. To become a neonatologist, the physician initially receives training as a pediatrician, then completes an additional training called a fellowship in neonatology.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
A registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced education and training program in the medical specialty of neonatology. KMS Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are licensed in the state of Florida as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) and most have a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification from the National Certification Company.

Physician Assistant
A Physician Assistant is a person qualified by extensive education, specialized training and experience, as wells as exemplary personal character, to provide medical services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician. The physician assistants employed by KMS have obtained a Master of Clinical Medical Science degree and have successfully completed the national certifying examination.

NICU or Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Is a unit of a hospital specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.