a stimulant that speeds up your central nervous system. It is found in things such as coffee, tea, chocolate and cola soft drinks. It is added to some prescription and over-the-counter medications

medication that stimulates the nervous system and is given to premature infants to reduce the amount of apnea spells.

call bell/light

a button found around a hospital bed that you push or ring to let a nurse or other staff member that you need help. You should use the call bell if you need help to get out of bed or up from your chair.

long cable with an oblong plastic box at the end that contains a button to ring for the nurse

care by parent

when parents can have their baby with them at all times until they go home. Parents do all the care their baby needs with help of the nursery staff.

central Line

a long, thin, flexible tube that is put into a large vein of your arm,  neck, chest or groin. It can be used to give you fluids, medications, nutrition or blood.

chest tube

a sterile, flexible tubing put into your chest by a doctor. It allows unwanted fluids or air to drain out


The thin, sticky, yellow fluid secreted by a woman's breasts before the production of true breast milk. Colostrum is rich in fats, protein, and antibodies. Some women notice small amounts of colostrum during and toward the end of pregnancy.

complete blood count (CBC)

blood test that looks at your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. It may help detect infection or anemia.

corrected age (adjusted age)

a baby's age based on his/her due date. For example, if a baby is 6 months old but was born 2 months early, his corrected age is 4 months

The number of weeks since the baby was born minus the number of weeks the baby was born prior to term. Used to determine developmental levels in preterm infants.