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PO Box: 11-0236
Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020
Beirut - Lebanon (More)
Developmental Care and Early Intervention Program​

About us 

Developmental Care and Early Intervention Program (DCEIP) is an integral part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The program goal is to provide individualized care for premature and critically ill infants by ensuring an environment supportive to their development and engaging to their families. In addition, it offers continuous education for parents and staff.   

Who we are?

Our team consists of NICU nurses, a neonatologist and a psychologist, all working in collaboration with the Special Kids Clinic’s (SKC) staff composed of physical, feeding, psychomotor and occupational therapists. 
We operate as a team with a multidisciplinary approach using the framework of the Neonatal Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP). NIDCAP consists of a comprehensive approach that supports individual infant's stability and promotes developmental goals. 

Our mission

We aim to enhance premature and critically ill infants’ development by: 
  • Providing individualized care and early intervention during their NICU stay and after discharge.
  • Educating healthcare professionals, related disciplines and parents about developmental care and early intervention.
  • Conducting clinical research that focuses on improving the health and development of premature and critically ill infants.

Our vision

  1. To establish a Center of Excellence at AUBMC in developmental care and early intervention for premature and critically ill infants 
  2. To establish a NIDCAP training center at AUBMC 

Our activities 

DCEIP team has been carrying on different activities since its inception. These include: NIDCAP training of the team, quality improvement (QI) projects such as infant positioning, promoting breastfeeding in the NICU, and improving admission temperature of preterm infants, medical and nursing staff education about developmental care practices, and finally, research activities including validation of a parental stress questionnaire in Arabic and studying the effects of parental live voice on premature infants.​

Contact us 

  • Lama Charafeddine, MD FAAP.
    Director, DCEIP
    Telephone: +961-1-350000 ext. 5874
    Email: lc12@aub.edu.lb​

  • Ms Saadieh Masri, RN,MPH
    Coordinator, DCEIP
    Telephone: +961-1-350000 ext.7454
    Email: sm52@aub.edu.lb

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