Life Course Care for the High-Risk Infant

Inpatient Developmental Program

The hospital environment can be overwhelming to babies and their families. Babies born prematurely or with medical complications may have difficulties in experiencing the world and relating to their family. The Inpatient Developmental Program works with parents and staff to create a plan of care that nurtures the baby’s developing nervous system.  We identify an approach that helps the baby to be calm and engaged.  We also work with families to plan and prepare for nurturing the baby’s continued development at home.

High-Risk Infant Follow Up

We know that children who have had medical problems at birth are at higher risk for difficulties at older ages than children born without complications. The High-Risk infant Follow-up (HRIF) Program is designed to help families monitor their child’s development through the first three years of life. Children are evaluated at regular intervals. Parents receive an individualized assessment and action plan for enhancing their child’s progress.  Our team of developmental experts communicates closely with the family’s primary care provider. When necessary, we provide referrals to community agencies and early intervention programs. We offer services twice a month at our satellite location in Capitola.

If you are bringing your child in for a High-Risk Infant Follow-Up visit, you can find a list of frequently asked questions here.

Preemie (and Other High-Risk Infant) Graduate Services

Our specialized services for children who had birth-related complications, such as prematurity, extend from age 3 to 18 years.  The Preemie Graduate Services Program addresses behavioral, developmental, or educational concerns at the earliest sign of difficulty. We assist children and their parents in understanding the child’s strengths and needs so that the child maintains a positive sense of self.  Detailed evaluations may take place over several sessions.