Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
What is Neonatal follow-up clinic?
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Follow-Up Program is available to children who receive care as newborns in the Vidant Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and meet qualification criteria. This program is provided as a service to parents and children. The initial follow-up evaluation includes a history, physical examination, and neurological and developmental assessment to show the child’s progress. It is important to see how the NICU graduate develops during the first years of life. The NICU Follow-Up Clinic see children at 6, 12, and at 18 months (adjusted to the mother’s expected due date). If a problem is identified at an early age, appropriate intervention can be initiated when it is most beneficial.
Where is the clinic located?
The neonatal intensive care unit follow-up clinic is located at the Pday area of the James and Coonie Maynard Children’s Hospital. You can ask for directions are the front desk as you walk into the hospital.
Does my child qualify for this clinic?
Qualified infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are enrolled in this clinic prior to their discharge from the hospital.
Gwen Morning, the Clinic Coordinator, contacts parents as the child approaches 6 months of age. Parents are mailed their tentative appointment date so their child can be seen for follow up by our clinic team. If medical record release forms were not completed prior to discharge, parents will receive a copy of the authorization forms during the clinic appointment and record requests will be sent during your child’s appointment. If parents prefer, they can download, complete, sign and mail authorization forms from the link below to the clinic office. Authorization forms can also be faxed to 252-744-2921 or scanned and emailed to HULONV17@ECU.EDU.
The following form will be sent to you to complete. (PDF form)
Please mail the forms to:
Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
Department of Pediatrics/Neonatology Mailstop:632
The Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
600 Moye Blvd
Greenville NC 27834
You should receive a letter one month prior to your child’s appointment informing you of the appointment date and time. Additionally, you will receive a packet of information, map and medical questions to complete one week prior to your appointment date. Please bring this packet, immunization record, insurance cards, and identification to your child’s appointment.
If parents have questions or concerns about their child’s development before or between visits, they can call (252) 744-4911.
If a child was not born at Vidant Medical Center and meets clinic criteria, please have the child’s pediatrician or discharging hospital contact the clinic coordinator with the child’s information for consideration for the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. If a child is found eligible, the referring pediatrician and parents will be informed.
Who will see my child in this clinic?
When a family arrives and finishes registration, the Clinic Coordinator greets and acquaints the family with the clinic process.
The Physician (attending, fellow, and/or resident physician) will give the child a complete neurological, physical and developmental examination and discuss the child’s progress since discharge.
The Physician will record the child’s vital signs such as height, weight, blood pressure, and head circumference.
One of the Occupational Therapists or Physical Therapists will evaluate the child’s development in movement patterns, hand function, feeding and developmental skills. Recommendations will be provided for home activities for playing and learning. Therapist can offer other assistance when needed.
A Social Worker will discuss the family’s adjustment and needs since the child’s hospital discharge, and current questions and concerns about the child’s health and development. The Social Worker can also assist the family with completing necessary forms that were mailed to the parents prior to the appointment. The Social Worker works closely with the North Carolina Early Intervention Service Coordinators to assist families in locating intervention services such as medical treatment, behavioral management instruction, family counseling instruction, special orthopedic devices, speech /language therapy, occupational or physical therapy, or nutrition services.
At 12 and 18 months of age, one of the clinic Psychologists will evaluate the child’s progress in thinking and problem solving abilities.
At 18 months of age, one of the Speech and Language Therapist will evaluate the child’s progress in language skills.
Parents are the most important link in our program. The clinic team appreciates the support of parents that bring their children to the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. The team welcomes the parent’s assistance in the evaluation as well as their comments and questions.
The physician will discuss the clinic findings and recommendations with the family at the end of the appointment visit. The evaluation results will be typed and mailed to the child’s pediatrician, parents, and/or additional medical or developmental professionals caring for the child.
The Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic Team works closely with private physicians, health care providers, and developmental professionals providing developmental evaluations and assistance for NICU graduates.
Please contact us if you have questions about your child’s clinic appointment:
Valerie Hulon, Clinic Coordinator
If it is long distance, please call the ECU appointment line 1-800-722-3281 and ask for extension 4911.