Newborn Followup Clinic


The neonatologists, nurse practitioners, and occupational therapists in our NICU Follow-up Clinic evaluate and support the development of premature infants and babies with medically complex conditions. Research has shown that providing this neonatal developmental care improves babies’ long-term outcomes.

Our goal is to identify developmental delays early and to connect families with appropriate interventions to prevent long-term developmental problems.
We also see babies referred by pediatricians or subspecialists for feeding difficulties, muscle tone concerns or developmental delays. Parents may also schedule evaluations for high-risk babies.

When we see babies
Some developmental challenges are not visible immediately after birth, so we typically see babies at:

  • 4 months corrected age*
  • 8-12 months corrected age*
  • 18-24 months corrected age*
Visits may begin as early as 2-4 weeks after discharge to make sure babies and parents are adjusting well and getting everything they need at home. They may also continue through age 3, depending on the child’s needs.
*Corrected age is calculated by counting the number of months from the due date of delivery and not the actual date of birth

Other NICU Follow-Up Services
In addition to assessing children’s neurodevelopmental skills, experts in our clinic can also provide:

  • Care coordination with pediatricians and subspecialists
  • Detailed growth and nutritional recommendations
  • Equipment management such as monitors and oxygen
  • Help with appointments
  • General Movement Assessment (GMA)
  • Babies have usual, noticeable and spontaneous “general movements” from before they are born until they are 20 weeks post term. If the “general movements” are not present or they are abnormal, the infant is at higher risk of neurological problems, in particular cerebral palsy. This assessment may give information on how your baby’sneurological system is developing if there were medical concerns at birth such as prematurity, critical illness, or stroke.