The Long-term Infant-to-Adult Follow-up and Evaluation Program (LIFE Clinic) in our San Francisco location provides expert medical care to children born with complex birth defects. Our goal is to promote the development of healthy kids who grow to become well-adjusted and independent adults.

The team of specialists includes gastroenterologists, neonatologists, pulmonologists, dietitians and the pediatric development team, led by the pediatric surgery service. Patients, ranging in age from infants to teenagers, were born with conditions that make them prone to specific medical issues such as feeding difficulties, delayed neurodevelopment, and asthma or reactive airway disease. By controlling or preventing these problems, we help our patients live more comfortably, stay healthier and enjoy a better quality of life.

Some of the conditions affecting our patients include congenital diaphragmatic hernia; anorectal malformations; Hirschsprung's disease; esophageal atresia, with or without tracheo-esophageal fistula; congenital lung masses (such as congenital pulmonary airway malformation or bronchopulmonary sequestration); sacrococcygeal teratoma; biliary anomalies (including choledochal cyst and biliary atresia) and anterior abdominal wall defects (omphalocoele or gastroschisis).

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    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Child's Care Team

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    Child Life Services

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    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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    Social Services

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    Activity Rooms

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    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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    School Re-Entry Program

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    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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    Patient Relations

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    Spiritual Care

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    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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