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Low Birth Weight / Prematurity

General Care Guidelines


The UW Center on Human Development and Disability and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center have developed care guidelines and parent materials for low birth weight and extremely low birth weight babies. The Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program funds these activities.

Critical Elements of Care for Low Birth Weight Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Graduate


Companion parent materials available:

Extremely Low Birth Weight Supplement to the Low Birth Weight Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Graduate Critical Elements of Care (2004) – entire document, 354 KB

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Quality-of-Care Indicators for the Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up of Very Low Birth Weight Children: Results of an expert panel process. Abstract

Wang CJ et al. Pediatrics. 117(6):2080-2092. 

Indicators covering follow-up care for VLBW infants.   Includes recommendations for neurodevelopmental screening, ophthalmologic and audiology assessment with specific age recommendations.

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