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Once your baby comes home from the hospital, the Thrive Program at Children’s Health℠ provides specialized, comprehensive, ongoing follow-up care. Our interdisciplinary team of experts looks after your baby’s overall health and well-being until their fifth birthday.
Caring for our region’s most fragile patients for more than four decades, we have more experience than any other program in Texas. Thrive provides follow-up care for more than 300 new NICU graduates from various hospitals every year and has over 1,100 ongoing patients. We provide our patients and their families with comprehensive care, and one-on-one care and support for you and your baby.
Before 1973, infants weighing less than 1,000 grams – a little more than 2 pounds – rarely survived. In 1979, with neonatal death rates dropping and more "very low birth weight" babies surviving, the Low Birth Weight Clinic at Children's Medical Center was established.
The Low Birth Weight Clinic, now known as the Thrive Program, celebrates 40 years of providing for some of our most fragile patients. During that time, the program has cared for more 6,300 patients, and provided over 90,000 primary care visits, along with many associated interdisciplinary services.
Forty years later and the Thrive Program continues to be the only clinic in North Texas to providing specialized comprehensive primary care specifically to low birth weight and other high-risk NICU graduates through age five.