Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
The Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine specialists offer consultation, assessment, emergency and continuing care services for premature and critically ill infants, as well as long-term follow-up of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients and inpatient neonatal consultation at area hospitals.
The division, in conjunction with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, serves as the regional perinatal referral center for Eastern Virginia and North Carolina. The referral area extends from as far north as the Eastern Shore of Virginia, westward towards Franklin and Suffolk, and as far south as eastern North Carolina. Within this referral area, there are slightly over 30,000 deliveries each year and the majority of high-risk mothers and infants are transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters for care. Active outreach education programs occur under the direction of the Neonatal/Perinatal Outreach Center of Virginia and North Carolina.
Division members are frequently consulted by obstetricians and perinatologists for prenatal counseling, both on an emergency basis for inpatients who delivered prematurely and for other patients classified as high-risk.
The Division also supervises a Neonatal Follow-up Clinic where high-risk graduates from neonatal nurseries are followed with careful attention given to growth and development, as well as, medical problems.
Pediatric Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine received the "Chairman's Award for Excellence in Clinical Education" in 2006, 2008-2009, and 2011.