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Neonatal Graduate Clinic

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Babies born early or with complex medical conditions often spend their first days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). After they go home — and as they grow — these children may also have medical conditions or developmental challenges that require special attention.

At Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, we have a dedicated team who can provide comprehensive medical and developmental care. Our Neonatal Follow-Up Program addresses the needs of premature and medically complex infants after they leave the hospital and provides families with the resources they may need from infancy into early childhood.

This program does not replace a child’s pediatrician or well-child check-ups; it is for children who need continued monitoring, care coordination and early interventions after they “graduate” from neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) throughout our region.

Your child’s neonatal team will let you know if your child could benefit from this program and will help set up your child’s first appointment before you bring your baby home from the hospital. The Neonatal Follow-up Program will then work closely with your child’s primary care physician, specialists and community partners to help you care for your child as they grow.

The CHNOLA Neonatal Follow-up Program includes a team of specialists with expertise in identifying and helping families manage the challenges that children with special healthcare needs may face. Our experienced team will work with your family and your child’s other healthcare providers to create an individualized care plan that helps your child develop to their fullest potential!

Our team of specialty providers includes:

  • Nurses and physicians who specialize in follow-up care for NICU “graduates”
  • Occupational and speech therapists
  • Patient care navigators
  • Dietitians

Services available through this program include nutritional, medical, neuromotor, developmental, psychological and sociobehavioral evaluations and with treatment and referrals, individualized to your child as deemed appropriate by the care team. Early, coordinated intervention to address concerns related to your child’s health and development can make sure they continue to grow and develop new skills!

Your child’s first visit to the Neonatal Follow-up Program typically occurs within four to six weeks of discharge from the hospital.

What to expect at your first appointment and beyond

Why choose us?

Our specialized team is uniquely qualified to treat babies and children with serious conditions. Our Neonatal Follow-Up Program was thoughtfully designed to be centered on the unique needs of medically complex infants and their families with a focus on improving the transition from hospital to home and across the first few years.

A cornerstone of our approach is support for your family. We know caring for a medically complex child at home can be challenging — physically, emotionally, and financially — and we can help you access services and resources to meet your family’s needs during the first years of your child’s life.

The Neonatal Follow-Up Program is available at CHNOLA’s Main Campus and at several additional CHNOLA Specialty Care locations including Baton Rouge, Covington, and Metairie. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about whether your child could benefit from this program.

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