NICU Follow-Up Clinic
Babies born prematurely or with a critical illness are at risk for developmental delays. At our NICU Follow-up Clinics we provide regular neurodevelopment assessments for infants who spent time in our neonatal intensive care units. We want to identify any developmental disabilities as early as possible, to help high-risk newborns get access to all the care and support they need, whether that means parent education, connecting families with community resources, or even sending a nurse to a patient's home. Long term, we want to help all patients reach their fullest potential.
In our San Francisco clinic, kids are followed by a team that includes neonatologists trained in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, a psychologist, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a nurse coordinator and a physical therapy consultant. We offer parent support and referrals to services and serve as a liaison between community physicians and agencies involved with our patients' care.
At our Oakland clinic, we follow babies discharged from the NICU for the first three years of their lives. Highly trained nurses, mental health workers, social workers and developmental specialists work as a team to provide health and developmental assessments, monitoring and intervention. Through our Special Start Program, we offer ongoing home visits for Alameda County neonatal intensive care graduates after they go home.
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Awards & recognition
One of the nation’s best in neonatology
Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties
Healthy Hearts & Minds Program
Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.
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.
Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.
Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.
Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.
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.
Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.
School Re-Entry Program
After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.
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.
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.
Parent Support Program
Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.
Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.
Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.
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.
Our research initiatives
UCSF Division of Neonatology Research
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