HOPE Developmental Follow-up Clinic

The HOPE Developmental Follow-up Clinic provides follow-up care for babies who need special care after birth and are at risk for developmental delays or have ongoing medical problems. HOPE stands for Healthy Outcomes Post-ICU Engagement. 

This clinic is very important during the child’s first three years — when he or she is growing quickly and learning many new skills. Parents or doctors can refer a baby to the clinic.

About your baby's first visit

Babies should have their first follow-up visit at age 6 months (from their due date). This visit takes place in the multidisciplinary clinic at Children’s Wisconsin - Milwaukee Campus in Clinics Building 1. 

Follow-up visits

Subsequent visits will be scheduled every six to 12 months until the child is 3 years old. These visits also takes place in the multidisciplinary clinic at Children’s Wisconsin - Milwaukee Campus in Clinics Building 1. 

At each visit, we will assess the baby’s development, motor skills and mental abilities. We pay special attention to your child's growth, feeding, nutrition, behavior and hearing. If we find a developmental delay, we refer the baby to services like the Birth to 3 Program that will work with the family and help the baby develop.

Our team

The HOPE Developmental Follow-up Clinic is led by Susan Cohen, MD, neonatologist and medical director of HOPE Developmental Follow-up Clinic and Carrie Burns, RN. Medical care in the clinic is also provided by Laurel Bear, MD and Pamela Schulz, MD, both pediatricians with a special interest in developmental outcomes. The team also collaborates with providers from the following subspecialties:  

  • Audiologists (hearing specialists)
  • Nutrition
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Psychology 
  • Social work 
  • Speech pathology

Contact the HOPE Developmental Follow-up Clinic:

(414) 266-6898