Follow-up Program for the High-Risk Mother and High-Risk Infant.
Home visits are provided to families of high-risk pregnant/postpartum women and high-risk infants in order to assess the woman, infant, and the family environment and to facilitate early intervention of identified problems. High-risk infants are the primary portion of the APORS program. The purpose of the infant follow-up program is to minimize disability in high-risk infants by identifying, as early as possible, conditions requiring further evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, and by ensuring an environment that will promote optimal growth and development.
High-risk pregnant/postpartum women and high risk infants are eligible for the APORS program. Clients are referred to the health department and will be offered follow-up services. The family may decline such services.
Home visits to high-risk prenatal/postpartum women should be scheduled as often as the client’s condition warrants. The high-risk infant should receive a minimum of six visits that are offered on the following schedule: as soon as possible after newborn discharge, and at chronological ages 2, 4, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months and/or whenever their condition requires further health monitoring, teaching, counseling and/or referral for appropriate services. Home visits are required, but occasionally, when an infant is receiving services at the health department, a follow-up visit may be conducted by the RN at that location. This service is provided free of charge. These services are not to replace doctor’s visits.
Rosemary Jones, RN, BSN