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Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic

The Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic provides services to at-risk infants from birth to two years.

To schedule a visit, please call: 617-724-0161


The Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic provides services to at-risk infants from birth to two years. Your infant may be at-risk if he/she was born earlier than the due date (premature) or had serious unexpected medical problems.

Our program works closely with primary care doctors to give the best care to your child. We cover the following:

  • Growth and development
  • Nutrition
  • Medical, neurological and developmental problems
  • Education for parents and community providers to help your child develop best
  • Coordinate care with Early Intervention services
  • Referrals for other services as needed (Neurology, Pulmonology, Audiology, Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Speech & Language, Physical Therapy, ENT specialists, Feeding Team, Neuropsychology, Neurodevelopment)

Our team is made up of professionals who are experts in taking care of at-risk infants. They include:

  • Board-certified neonatologist
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech therapist

Referral Criteria

  • Premature birth, less than or equal to 32 weeks
  • Birth weight less than 1500 grams (3 Ibs, 5 oz)
  • Severe intrauterine growth retardation
  • All weight groups with:
    • Neurological abnormality, including brain hemorrhage, seizures, stroke, meningitis, requiring Cooling Blanket
    • History of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
    • Feeding difficulties
    • ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) use in neonatal period
    • High risk social environment
    • Late preterm or multiple gestation at physician request

We will see your infant regularly during the first two years of life. We suggest:

  • First Visit: 3 months
  • Second Visit: 7 months
  • Third Visit: 1 year
  • Fourth Visit: 2 years

If your baby was born prematurely, we see them at 3, 7 and 12 months of age from the due date. We may need to see your child more often than the suggested schedule.

Your Visit

At each visit, your child will receive the following:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Complete neurologic exam
  • Standardized developmental exam
  • Nutrition evaluation
  • Occupational therapy evaluation
  • Immediate feedback and recommendations

Meet the Team


Clinical Coordinator

Occupational Therapists



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Contact Us

Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

Suite 6B Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-724-0161


  • Monday mornings

Waltham Clinic
Dr. Melissa Woythaler is now seeing patients at Mass General West on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For an appointment at our Waltham location, please call 617-724-0161.


Mass General West
40 Second Ave, 3rd Floor, Suite 300
Waltham, MA 02451
Parking garage is free.

To schedule a visit, please call: 617-724-0161

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