NICU Follow-Up Program helps premature and critically ill newborns get their best possible start in life
When newborns spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), M Health Fairview neonatologists, nurses, and other care providers pour their efforts into helping these fragile babies thrive. And the vast majority of them do.
That’s in no small part because the experts in the NICU Follow-Up Program are monitoring their growth and milestones, checking in at critical times in a child’s development to make sure that NICU graduates get their best possible start in life.
Now part of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, NICU Follow-Up Program care providers work to identify concerns that especially affect premature and critically ill newborns. Discovering any issues and starting therapies as early as possible can make an enormous difference in these children’s long-term outcomes.
Philanthropy fuels the research that gives our NICU Follow-Up Program experts the knowledge they need to help NICU graduates thrive. To make a gift, contact Jonna Schnettler of the University of Minnesota Foundation at email@example.com or 612-624-5588.
Says Erin Osterholm, M.D., NICU medical director at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the U’s Medical School: “We do everything we can to help these babies make progress through infancy and early childhood.”
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