NICU Follow-up Clinic

Address: Physician Clinic—Riverside,8201 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL 61114

Phone: Secretary (appointments / referrals): (815) 971-5009

Location: Second floor of Physician Clinic—Riverside

Medical Director:  Gillian Headley, MD, neonatologist

Appointments:  First appointments are made by NICU nurses at discharge

Why is neonatal follow-up needed?

Transition home from intensive care with a fragile infant is challenging for even the most prepared families. Families need guidance as their babies grow and develop. Neonatal Follow-up Clinic staff members are experts on the impact of illness and prematurity in the early years of life.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates are at a higher risk for developmental and growth delays. Periodic evaluations provide reassurance when children are doing well, and they provide the support children need if challenges emerge.

The clinic will work with your baby’s pediatrician, who remains the primary care provider. We also work with early intervention programs to provide care.

What happens at clinic visits?

A nurse practitioner and developmental therapist are available to see children. Visits are one hour long, giving us the time to assess growth and development and help families support their infant’s progress. We work with pediatricians and the early intervention system to coordinate care.

Who pays for follow-up visits?

Visits are billed to medical cards or private insurance plans.  Charges for follow-up visits vary slightly according to the complexity of the visits.

Routine Neonatal Follow-up Clinic Visits*

2-4 weeks after discharge:

Feeding, growth assessment and neurodevelopmental exam by nurse practitioner and developmental therapist.

4 months adjusted age:

Feeding and growth assessment by dietitian; gross motor assessment by occupational therapist or physical therapist using a standardized motor assessment.

10 months adjusted age:

Feeding and growth assessment by of all skill areas by cevelopmental therapist using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development.

18 months adjusted age:

Feeding and growth assessment of speech and language skills by developmental therapist using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development.

24 months and 36 months chronological age:

Feeding and growth assessment of motor and cognitive skills by developmental therapist using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development.

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