Perinatal Institute

  • High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program

    Comprehensive Care at the High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program

    When babies are discharged home from a newborn intensive care unit, follow-up care is essential to their health and well-being. The Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides a comprehensive follow-up program for these high-risk infants. Our experienced team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals works together to care for children with complex medical needs and developmental concerns.

    By evaluating and caring for these children over several years, our team ensures that those with special needs receive the long-term, coordinated care they need to reach their full potential. The team works hand in hand with each child’s pediatrician to ensure that necessary medical services are provided. A physician is available around the clock to address urgent concerns.

    Babies typically begin coming to the High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program two to four weeks after hospital discharge and continue until the age of 2 or  3. If ongoing care is still needed, they may transition to a subspecialty clinic at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Coordinated Subspecialty Care

    Our experienced team specializes in caring for high-risk infants. The team includes:

    • Physicians, some of whom also care for infants in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cincinnati Children’s 
    • Nurses 
    • Physical and occupational therapists 
    • A speech-language pathologist 
    • A neonatal nutritionist 
    • A social worker

    Other physicians at Cincinnati Children’s see patients by appointment. These can include surgeons and gastroenterologists (who specialize in caring for the digestive system).

    Neonatal fellows participate in the High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program and have the opportunity to follow their patients from the newborn intensive care unit to the outpatient setting, enhancing their appreciation of long-term outcomes.  Fellows also learn about the outpatient care of children with complex medical needs, how to assess long-term neurodevelopment in high-risk infants and how to help families maximize access to services and care.