My name is Nicole Birge and I am the Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s.
Children’s NICU is unique amongst other NICUs in the region in that we’re the only level 4 NICU, which means that we can provide advanced technologies and support that other NICUs within the region can’t offer, access to surgical subspecialties, anesthesiologists, and other important medical innovations and devices.
I think most parents would describe me as someone who likes to get stuff done. And so when I start my week, I like to have a goal — whether that’s weaning the baby off a ventilator, establishing feeds, getting a baby off TPN, or getting them home. We will set a date for when we want to achieve this goal and we will get there.
I really enjoy neonatology because every day brings something different. No two babies are the same, and each baby has his own unique set of complications and circumstances. And it really forces us to think about the whole baby and really use all of the things that we used in medical school when we approach these complex patients. That’s why I enjoy it so much.
My advice would be to always ask questions, always ask for clarification. We are on the same team. And we have the same common goal of making your baby better, and so we want to work with you as much as possible on getting that done.
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine (Kansas City)
Residency: Creighton Nebraska Universities Health Foundation
Fellowship: University of Minnesota Hospitals