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The NICU Developmental Clinic

The NICU Developmental Clinic follows infants who were born either very small at less than 2 lbs 5 oz. or very young at less than 30 weeks gestation. We also follow children born small for their gestational age, or who have experienced a significant medical complication such as chronic lung disease, a significant brain bleed, or a diagnosed genetic disorder. If your baby needs a clinic appointment, your NICU doctor will schedule it for you.

At the NICU Clinic visit, your baby will be seen by several people who will provide you with information on how your baby is growing and developing. Learning and brain development occur more rapidly during the first 3 years of life than at any other time. Early intervention may help prevent or decrease developmental delays.  There are many services available to your child, should you need them.

Be prepared to stay for 2 to 2 1/2 hours for your NICU Clinic visit. You may be seen by a nurse, developmental psychologist, physical therapist, nutritionist and a medical provider during your clinic visit.  If your baby is having trouble in any area, we will provide you with activities that you can do at home, or help you find early intervention services in your home community.
Your first visit to the NICU Clinic will be when your baby is either 1, 3, of 6 months adjusted age or from your original due date.  We want to continue to see your baby approximately, every 6 months until your child is 2 years of age. Even if your baby is developing well, we want to follow their progress.  We can improve the hospital care of our NICU babies by better knowing which children do well and which one’s need services, as they grow older.
If you were not scheduled for a NICU Clinic appointment but have questions about your baby’s growth and development, please call the developmental psychologist, Donna Vaught, Ph.D. at 910-667-4839 or email her at  The staff in the NICU Follow-up Clinic is committed to helping your baby reach their fullest potential!

NICU Follow-Up Medical Team

Robert DiGiuseppe, MD
Director of Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
Dr. Rober DiGiuseppe is the Medical Director of the NICU Follow Up Clinic at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with satellite offices in Columbus County. He also serves on the Board for March of Dimes and the Interdisciplinary Neonatal Follow-Up and Treatment Services (INFANTS).

Dr. DiGiuseppe was born and raised in Charleston, SC. After receiving a degree in mathematical sciences from Clemson University, he returned to Charleston to attend medical school at MUSC. He next completed a pediatric residency at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC and is a board certified pediatrician.

After residency he relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana to complete a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine. His interests include developmental follow-up, quality improvement, and evidence based medicine. Dr. DiGiuseppe is in charge of NICU Developmental Follow-up at the Nunnalee Family Outpatient Clinic in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.


Donna Vaught, PhD
Developmental Psychologist
Donna Vaught completed both her undergraduate and graduate school training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 1990 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1991. Donna is NIDCAP trained and has been working with the NICU at NHRMC since September 1996. In addition to her duties at the hospital, Donna is a part-time instructor in the Department of Psychology at University of North Carolina - Wilmington.


Alison Martin
NICU Family Support Coordinator

Alison Martin draws from her personal experience as a two-time NICU graduate parent in her position as the NICU Family Follow-Up Coordinator for Coastal Carolina Neonatology.  She provides encouragement to NICU families, and strives to foster bonds with those whose infants may benefit most from receiving specialty care in the NICU Follow-Up Clinic after they have transitioned to home.  Alison also represents the family voice on the VON Quality Improvement Team, Co-Chairs the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital Neonatal Family Advisory Council, and is an advocate for Family Centered Care.  She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and holds a BS in Business Administration, Marketing.


Neonatal Care

Coastal Carolina Neonatology

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Neonatal Transport

NICU Family Resources

NICU Follow-Up Clinic


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Pediatric Unit

Newborn Nursery

Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics


Betty H. Cameron Women's and
Children's Hospital



NHRMC Foundation

NICU Family Resources



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