Children's Hospital Colorado
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU)
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU)

Baby Care Plan

The idea that your baby might face a health issue before they’re born can be unsettling for parents. But the unexpected can happen. That’s why we’re here to provide you and your baby the best care possible whenever you need it — before, during or after birth.

A baby in the NICU

The first step to ensuring the best care for your baby is to make a plan for the appointments they might need once they are born. Now is a great time to start. If your baby has been diagnosed with a health issue before birth, tell us about it and we can help you create a newborn care plan (.pdf) tailored to your needs. With some of the top neonatal (newborn) and pediatric care programs in the country, no one else in the Rocky Mountain region can provide a greater level of expertise and comfort for you and your family.

You can also create a baby care plan in coordination with your primary care provider just so you’re prepared for any concerns that come up along the way.

What is a baby care plan?

Many expecting moms have a birth plan detailing every aspect of their baby’s birth from delivery options to pacifiers to pictures. But if your baby has a prenatal diagnosis or something unexpected comes up, do you have an equally detailed plan for their care after birth? The neonatology experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado can help you create a care plan that gives your baby the greatest opportunity to grow up happy and healthy.

When creating your baby’s care plan, our team will help you schedule all the appointments your baby will need once they enter the world based on your prenatal diagnosis. It also gives you the option of informing all your caregivers that should the unexpected happen, you would like your baby to receive the highest level of care at Children’s Colorado.

A baby care plan makes all your wishes known, ensures your baby receives the best care and gives you peace of mind heading into one of the most important days of your life.

Why do I need a baby care plan?

If your baby has a prenatal diagnosis, they will likely need follow-up care or consultation to make sure they grow up as healthy as possible. At Children’s Colorado, we have a team of pediatric experts who care only for children. So, we see more and treat more kids than any other hospital in the Rocky Mountain region. That experience leads to better outcomes for your child. We specialize in helping babies with complex medical conditions grow into thriving kids.

Our care team will help you map out a care plan with the specialists your baby will need to see and coordinate that care with your primary pediatrician. You don’t want to wait until after birth to make these plans or simply assume any hospital can provide the specialized care your baby needs. Pediatric expertise matters, and we have the most in our region. Whether you need to care from experts in cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, orthopedics or any other specialty, we can make sure you get the best care in the region for your needs.

Our infant care plan also helps prepare you for the unexpected. Our NICU on the Anschutz Medical Campus earned a Level IV designation, which is the highest awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our Heart Institute is ranked among the best in the nation, with more than 300 cardiac experts who care for complex heart conditions if your child is born with one. We have a number of other nationally ranked specialties for whatever condition your child has that work hand-in-hand with our NICU every day. You can document that if your baby needs a higher level of care that you would like them to be transferred to Children’s Colorado.

If you are delivering your baby at your home hospital, we can coordinate your follow-up care to make sure everything goes as seamlessly as possible. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or complex fetal condition, your doctor might recommend that you deliver your baby at our Colorado Fetal Care Center. Families from across the country experiencing fetal anomalies seek care at our Center. Our maternal fetal medicine specialists will create a comprehensive care plan for both you and your baby.

How do I complete a baby care plan?

Starting your baby’s care plan is easy. Simply download our baby care plan (.pdf), fill out the form and go over the plan with your primary care provider. Together you can make necessary plans, talk through questions and document your preferences should you need more advanced care during pregnancy or delivery.

If you are seeking a second opinion for a prenatal diagnosis, please call our Colorado Fetal Care Center at 720-777-4463. We will give you honest answers about your best care options based on your baby’s diagnosis.

We want you to feel empowered to seek the best care for your baby once they enter the world. Creating a care plan with your doctor, and with our expertise if necessary, is one of the best steps you can take during pregnancy to make sure your baby is as healthy as possible after your pregnancy.

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