The purpose of the clinic is to monitor the development of low-birth-weight and other high-risk newborns so we can identify developmental problems early so that these babies get the resources they need. The clinic screens for a range of developmental delays including motor disorders, language delays, and cognitive delays.
We routinely follow babies with the following conditions:
- Born prematurely and weighing less than 3 pounds, 5 ounces (1500 grams) at birth
- Known or suspected brain problems such as:
- malformations of the brain
- bleeding in the brain
- neonatal stroke
- brain injury
- Neuromuscular problems
- Had seizures
- Have meningitis (infection around the brain) or other brain infections
- Severely underweight at birth, even if they were born at term
- Have been on heart-lung bypass (for complex heart surgery or ECMO)
- Very high jaundice levels requiring exchange transfusion
During each visit, a team of our specialists will examine your baby’s development. One of our nurses will perform a screening examination of your baby’s development. Then our pediatric neurologist will examine your baby’s movements and muscle tone. Additionally, one of our occupational therapist or physical therapist may see your baby, if needed, in order to arrange for any therapies that the baby should need.
Babies visit the clinic every 4 months during the first year of life. After the first year of life, the children visit the clinic every 6 months until they are 3 years old.
The Woman's Pediatric Neurodevelopment Clinic is held most Fridays.
Appointments are available from 12:00 - 4:30 PM in the clinic, located in Physician Office Building, Suite 515. For more information or to schedule an appointment, 225-924-8550 or 1-800-256-3433.
Some insurance programs require that a pediatrician refer the baby to the clinic. Discuss this with our discharge coordinator or social worker before your baby’s discharge to find out if this referral is necessary. If this referral is needed, talk with your pediatrician about completing the paperwork before your baby visits the clinic.