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Baby Steps

Baby Steps in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center provides developmental evaluations and nutritional assessments of former premature infants or term infants with complicated newborn courses.

Baby Steps is a multidisciplinary clinic staffed by a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, occupational therapists and a dietitian. In addition, we have two family outreach advocates who perform home visits and link families to community-based services and resources.

Baby Steps works collaboratively with Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Gastroenterology for the management of complex patients.

Clinical Assessment and Ongoing Clinical Care

Evaluations and recommendations for appropriate developmental services (i.e. Early Intervention), nutritional recommendations and medical management are provided. For babies who are struggling with diet and/or adequate weight gain, our dietitian makes home visits to observe a child during a feed, provide feeding plans and offer additional recommendations. Our clinic can also schedule a feeding assessment for babies with particular feeding difficulties. Our family outreach advocates also provide home visits to assess any needs that the family may have in obtaining access to appropriate resources and supports. Parents and referring pediatric providers are provided with comprehensive reports documenting the visit.

After the initial evaluation, ongoing follow-up is scheduled as needed, based on the needs of the child and family.

Educational Outreach

NICU Family Support Lunches: The Pediatric Baby Steps Team provides Family Support Lunches for families of babies while they are hospitalized in the NICU. The goal of these lunches are to provide families with an opportunity to meet each other, ask questions in an informal setting and focus on aspects of their baby's care upon discharge (i.e. Early Intervention and Visiting Nurses Association). Lunches are hosted approximately once every 1-2 months.

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Susan Minear, MD
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician
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Katherine Truscott, RD
Nutritionist
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Emily Cook, RD
Nutritionist
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Lynda Caggiano, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
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Lori Kyser, M.OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
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Adrienne Nunley Stephens
Family Outreach Advocate

Clinic Phone: 617.414.4841, Press Option 1, then 2.

To schedule an appointment, call 617.414.4841, Press 1 and then 2.

Your appointment will take place on the Boston Medical Center campus at the following location:

Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center, 6th floor
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Directions and a campus map are available to help you find our office.

Call: 617.414.3668
Fax: 617.414.7915

Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Baby Steps
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
850 Harrison Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118

We are committed to providing a high level of assistance to our physician colleagues within BMC and outside of the BMC system, as well. Whether for diagnostics, treatment, a single consultation, second opinion or ongoing follow up, our physicians will keep the consulting physician fully informed of the patient's treatment plan and coordinate long term management.

Contact Information

Call: 617.414.3668
Fax: 617.414.7915

Special Instructions for BMC PCP: Please fill out referral form in Logician

BMC Connect

You can also contact our physician consult service, BMC Connect, for general referrals at 800.682.2862.

BMC Connect is Boston Medical Center's physician-to-physician consult service that provides quick and easy access to specialized expertise and information for referring physicians and medical professionals. BMC Connect provides a range of services including consultations, services and patient transfers. BMC Connect is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Call toll-free 800.682.2862 or [email protected].

Admit/Transfer a Patient

To transfer or admit a patient, please call our One-Call patient admitting service, accessible 24/7. Pager number: 617.638.5795, #1111.

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