CELEBRATING 30+ YEARS OF SERVICE
LBWDC is a unique, multifaceted, comprehensive program designed to meet the complex needs of high-risk, low birth weight infants, birth through five years and their young, low-income parents.
The center is located in West Dallas but serves families throughout the North Texas Area, especially Dallas and Tarrant Counties.
LBWDC is committed to help families become self-sufficient and rely less on taxpayer assistance.
Research has shown that our programs help reduce the time infants spend in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by an average of 3 days per infant, saving the taxpayers more than $1 million per year (Heyne, 2010).
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Why We Do What We Do
The Low Birth Weight Development Center was founded in 1992 by Dr. Elizabeth Heyne, PA-C, PsyD and Dr. Roy Heyne, MD both specialists in the field of low birth weight pediatrics. Through their work with low birth weight infants and NICU graduates, they first realized the need for additional resources and support to address the unique issues for these high risk infants and their families.
The infants served at the Low Birth Weight Development Center are born as early as 24 weeks gestational age (full-term infants are 40 weeks) and with very low birth weight (less than 1500 grams or approx. 3.5 lbs).
Most of these NICU babies can spend 3 months or more in a neonatal intensive care unit prior to being discharged, but it is not enough to help these fragile babies survive in the hospital. Something must be done to ensure they thrive once they go home.
These infants are at high risk for long-term health problems including cerebral palsy, respiratory distress, chronic lung disease, vision and hearing problems, as well as learning disabilities and developmental delays.
The first few years in follow-up care is crucial for these babies. Intervention and support in these early years can improve their long-term outcomes and reduce the risks for life-long disabilities (Heyne, 2021).