About Perinatal Program Newfoundland Labrador
What we do
Perinatal Program Newfoundland Labrador (PPNL):
- Aims to improve the health of mothers and babies.
- Offers special follow-up clinics, across the province, for babies at high risk for developmental delays.
- Provides perinatal education to health professionals.
- Reviews perinatal health programs and policies.
- Provides direction to improve perinatal health and pregnancy outcomes in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Collects and analyzes perinatal health information.
PPNL is a province-wide program, operated by Eastern Health.
Babies considered at high risk for developmental delays
Babies are considered at high risk for developmental delays if they are very premature, have a low birthweight or have breathing problems after birth. Babies who have other medical conditions, have had major surgery, or whose moms have been on certain medications or drugs while pregnant, may also be referred to the clinic.
Most of the babies who are referred to the clinic have been admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery following birth.
Physicians or nurses in other regions of the province may also make referrals.
Where to Find Us
PPNL is located at the Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre, connected to the Health Science Centre (HSC) on Prince Philip Drive in St. John's, NL. Our offices are located on the second (main) floor in room 2J203 (down the hallway from the "top of the ship", and directly across from the Café).
Information for Health Professionals