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programs and services

Outside of the care provided to infants in our newborn intensive care unit, our team also partners with or provides the following programs and services:

Fetal to Newborn Care Center

Specialists at Dayton Children’s work closely with physicians throughout our community to provide the best possible care for babies during pregnancy and in the early stages of life.

When problems are detected during pregnancy, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment is available through the Fetal to Newborn Care Center, a joint collaborative of Dayton Children’s and Miami Valley Hospital. The Center offers care coordination throughout pregnancy, advanced diagnostic testing, genetic counseling and advanced treatment during pregnancy and after birth.

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newborn follow up clinic

Infants with medical complications resulting from premature birth or other conditions in the newborn period that required care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at risk for having problems in growth, speech, sensory or cognitive development. The Newborn Follow-Up Clinic is part of our developmental pediatric program at Dayton Children’s and provides developmental and growth assessments for high risk infants up to three years of age.

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breast milk programs

Dayton Children’s knows the value of breast milk for all infants and is a partner with the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank to help provide human milk for the sick and premature infants in Ohio. We work with area mothers that are interested in donating breast milk to the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank.

To review guidelines for donating, mothers can visit Ohiohealth.com or to start the process of becoming a donor contact the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank at 614-566-0630.

Those volunteering for donating breast milk must be:

  • Currently lactating
  • In good general health
  • Willing to undergo a blood test (at the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank's expense)
  • Free of medication or herbal supplements (with some exceptions)
  • Willing to donate at least 200 ounces of milk (no requirement for bereaved mothers)

Donor breast milk is used state wide to help treat the tiniest of infants. On average, Dayton Children’s sees 50 very low birth weight (VLBW) babies each year in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Breast milk is extremely important for any baby, but for very premature babies it can be life-saving. Breast milk provides protection for these infants because it contains live cells, immunoglobulins, enzymes, and hormones.

regional breastfeeding services directory

Dayton Children’s is pleased to support the distribution of this Regional Breastfeeding Services Directory to assist health care providers to connect moms with services to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. We strive to produce the most up-to-date directory. If you identify changes that need to be made, please contact please contact the Lactation team at 937-641-3185 or Alison Ruffin at ruffina1@childrensdayton.org

contact us fetal to newborn care center

Parents can call the NICU any time for updates on their baby’s condition. When parents call, they will be asked for a code they were given at transport or admittance to the unit. Parents should identify themselves by this code whenever they call the NICU. 937-641-3040.

Has your baby been diagnosed with a fetal condition while you are still pregnant? Learn more about how we care for families from diagnosis through birth through our Fetal to Newborn Care Center.

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