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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


Patient Resources


  • A preemie's testament to resiliency: Shea's story - 11/27/2018, Mass General

    When Shea Tufts was born premature at 27 weeks, the Neonatal care team did CPR for 12 nerve-wracking minutes to help her heart beat on its own. Now an energetic preschooler, Shea's rocky first few months paved the way for her to thrive.

  • Study Helps Improve Neonatal Feeding Strategies - 8/2/2018, Research

    The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children has adopted a new process for transitioning premature infants to oral feeding.

  • New NICU Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Hope to Babies and Their Families - 12/6/2016, Mass General

    For NICU staff, August 2016 marked 10 years of providing care for MGHfC’s most fragile patients and their families in a new space. The new NICU first opened in August 2006 and became a sacred space where staff and families shared life’s most difficult and beautiful moments and formed long-term bonds with one another.

  • Doctors help babies born addicted to heroin - 5/11/2016, Mass General

    Teens, adults, and now the rise of a new generation affected by the opioid crisis. According to federal statistics, every 25 seconds a baby is born-- helpless and hooked on opioids. Their battle to get clean is heart-wrenching.

  • As Mass. Grapples With Opioid Crisis, More Babies Are Being Born Exposed To Drugs - 3/26/2016, Mass General

    Massachusetts hospitals are seeing evidence that the opioid epidemic is affecting the next generation, with an increasing number of babies being born exposed to drugs. The most recent state hospital data suggest that the rate of drug-dependent newborns has skyrocketed to about 16 in every 1,000 births — about three times the national average.

  • A New Direction On Drugs - 12/13/2015, Mass General

    After 40 years and a trillion dollars, the nation has little to show for its war on drugs. Prisons are beyond crowded and there's a new outbreak in the heroin epidemic.

  • Natalia's Story: Compassionate Care Helps Premature Infant Thrive - 4/10/2015, Mass General

    Natalia Nowakowski was born prematurely at 29 weeks with a host of medical issues. With help from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Special Care Nursery and the Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Natalia, now 3 years old, is a thriving as a happy, healthy preschooler with a love for music and dance.

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter - 7/22/2013, Clinical

    NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.


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


Mass General Waltham
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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