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Developmental Care

Supporting Your Baby’s Individual Needs

The Newborn Individualized Care Assessment Program, or NIDCAP, is a family centered program that assists NICU professionals and families in supporting and nurturing each newborn’s strengths.  This program recognizes that each baby is an individual with unique strengths and challenges.

Newborn Assessment
A specially trained individual may observe your baby before, during and after care giving to learn how your unique newborn reacts to noise, lights, and being touched and handled.  Your baby’s responses and behaviors will tell our professionals what is stressful and what is comforting to your little one.  The responses will also indicate how your baby is developing.

Parent Education
We will share our observations to help you understand and support your baby’s needs. For example, we will suggest ways to help your baby achieve goals as simple as bringing fingers to mouth, which can require a major effort.

Through NIDCAP, we encourage a sensitive, protective and individualized approach to newborn care.  This approach will allow your baby to enjoy longer periods of rest and comfort and enhance the ability to grow and develop.  It can even help minimize or prevent future development problems.

Follow-Up Care
After being discharged from the NICU, your baby may benefit from the specialized care offered at Deaconess Riley Children's Specialty Center. Our Developmental Clinic provides services to meet the unique needs of your infant.