Ministry of Health
The Child Development Unit (CDU),
provides a follow up service for the highest risk infants managed by the Newborn
Service at National Women's Health, including all very low birth weight (VLBW) babies under 1500g.
Those with perinatal asphyxia and other infants who have sustained serious complications in
the perinatal/neonatal period are referred by neonatologists in the Newborn
The service has two main aims:
- to detect any developmental
problems early (and refer infants for intervention in the community).
- to provide an audit of neonatal
care (the CDU report is included in the
National Women's Annual
|Families attend the CDU at National Women’s Health where
Registered Psychologists assess the child’s cognitive and motor development
at one, two and four years. Parents are interviewed and at the end of each
session guidance is given regarding fostering the child’s development.
Approximately 400 children are individually evaluated each year.
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CDU parent information pamphlet
Feedback to medical and
nursing staff, and others interested in the outcome of preterm children,
is provided by annual reports and
publications, together with grand
rounds and lectures.
To date an important feature of the audit of VLBW infants has been the
excellent retrieval rate at 2 years corrected age. Despite the fact that a number of
the newborns are drawn from Northland and other centres in New Zealand,
follow up information has been obtained for over 90% of these high risk
Jonathon (32 weeks, 1360g) at 4 years of age
Ikitogia (27 weeks, 1125g) at 4 years of age
- Janice Taylor MA (Hons)
- Sandra Smith MA (Hons
- Denny Wood