NICU Follow Up Program
The NICU Follow-Up Program aims to provide ongoing evaluation and guidance related to the development of high-risk children during the first three years of life. The goal of this program is to make sure that these children are developing to the best of their ability. If a child experiences developmental difficulties, we provide families with suggestions for fostering their child's development at home and help the family get the early intervention services needed in their community.
To make an appointment, call: 410-328-6003
For more information about our program, please contact Dr. Hussey-Gardner via email ([email protected]) or phone (410-328-6003).
Most children seen in our program were born very prematurely (<32 weeks gestation) and at very low birth weights (<1,500 grams). Some children were only moderately preterm (32-36 weeks gestation) but experienced additional medical complications that put them at-risk for developmental problems. Other children were born at full term (>36 weeks gestation) but had a difficult newborn period. All of the children seen in our program spent some of their newborn time in a NICU. Parents who are worried about their child's development should talk with their child's pediatrician, or other primary health care provider, to see if a referral to our program is a good idea.
During an appointment, a developmental specialist evaluates the child's development and a physician evaluates the child’s health. As a team, they answers questions that parents have regarding their child's behavior, development, and health. If needed, a child may also see additional professionals who are part of our multidisciplinary team: developmental pediatrician, early intervention service coordinator, occupational therapist, physical therapist, psychologist, or speech and language pathologist. At the end of the appointment, we summarize our findings for the family, offer recommendations, and provide educational handouts to help parents foster their child's development at home. With parent permission, a comprehensive report is then sent to the child's pediatrician and, if applicable, to the child's early intervention program.
The first NICU follow-up appointment for most children is at 3-4 months of age; for a variety of reasons, some children have their first appointment at a later age. After the first appointment, children are seen every 4-6 months until three years of age. The NICU Follow-Up Program is not designed to provide primary health care; instead, personnel work with a child's pediatrician to foster a child's development.
Parents can make an appointment by calling 410-328-6003.
NICU follow-up appointments are from 8:15 am to 3:45 pm on Wednesdays in the 5th Floor Pediatric Specialty Clinic located at 29 South Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Directions, parking information and maps are available at http://www.umm.edu/patients/gettinghere.
Please note that if a child's insurance requires a referral, parents are responsible for obtaining the referral and bringing it with them to the appointment or checking with the doctor to be sure it was sent. In addition to bringing the referral, parents may want to bring any medications that their child is on; this will let the doctors know exactly what the child is taking and the concentrations. It is also helpful when parents bring the child's immunization record and any relevant medical or developmental reports (e.g., a copy of the IFSP if the child is enrolled in the Infants and Toddlers Program). If parents prefer, these documents can be sent directly to the Program Coordinator & Developmental Specialist, Dr. Brenda Hussey-Gardner via fax (410-328-1076), email ([email protected]) or mail (Division of Neonatology, 110 South Paca Street, 8th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201).