The NICU Neonatal Follow-Up Program provides longitudinal multidisciplinary assessments and clinical management of high-risk infants from birth to seven years of age. Referrals are accepted from the NICU, community physicians, and early intervention. Dr. Betty Vohr directs the Neonatal Follow-Up Program, which has been providing specialized evaluation and care to infants since 1974.
The Neonatal Follow-Up Program offers comprehensive family-centered follow-up care and provides support services for high-risk infants and children. The goals are to support optimal growth, developmental and behavioral outcomes for all children, to provide psychosocial support for mothers, and to serve as a consultant for primary care providers.
NICU Neonatal Follow-Up Program
134 Thurbers Avenue, Suite 215
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 453-7750
F: (401) 453-7738
No Show Policy
We have a policy for missed appointments at all Women and Infants Hospital's physician practices. If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice.
The team consists of:
Assessments include: medical (growth parameters, reflux, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, car seat challenge), neurologic, developmental, cognitive, and behavior assessments.
All infants considered at increased risk of medical or developmental disorders may be scheduled for the Follow-Up Program.
The mission of the NICU Neonatal Follow-Up Program is to continue to provide support and care for graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The follow-up team consists of:
Referrals come from:
The follow-up clinic provides medical and neurodevelopmental management for graduates of the NICU and maintains a database of outcomes.
At each visit, the child will receive the following:
Babies cared for in a NICU may be at increased risk of early medical or developmental challenges or delays. Babies who were born early and some full-term infants are still recovering when they go home. They may have difficulties with feeding, growing steadily, respiratory problems, development, and behavior. This is especially true if they were premature, were very sick at birth, or needed oxygen or other support for a long time.
We support all babies by identifying problems as early as possible and providing treatments and therapies to promote and support their development and improve outcomes.
Families bring their children into the clinic for comprehensive multidisciplinary assessments and receive detailed feedback and recommendations. Social workers are also available to assist families as they seek out services in our community for their NICU graduates. Families are also able to meet with a family resource specialist; a former NICU parent who is able to provide support, connection to resources, and assistance navigating the health care system.