Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Program
When a baby’s lungs aren’t fully developed, the baby may develop BPD, a chronic lung disease. Most infants with BPD will need breathing assistance at birth and often for weeks or months afterward. Thanks to modern technology and care, most of these babies now fully recover, but some may have long-term breathing issues.
BPD affects not only your baby’s lungs but is also associated with poor growth and development and family stress. Multidisciplinary care — with different specialists working together — can make all the difference in your baby’s health, now and into the future. At Phoenix Children’s, our team approach ensures both you and your baby are in caring, competent hands.
Highlights of our program include:
- Continuity of care. Our dedicated BPD Program ensures a seamless transition from inpatient care at the hospital to outpatient care after your child goes home. You’ll know what to do and where to turn if your child needs care.
- Major referral center. It’s the only program of its kind in the region, and physicians refer babies to Phoenix Children’s from throughout the region and beyond.
- Multidisciplinary expertise. Our BPD specialists are highly respected experts in a wide range of fields, and research shows this collaboration can help improve outcomes. Our neonatology, pulmonology and cardiology teams are all ranked specialties by U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals.
- Innovating care. We are members of the multicenter BPD Collaborative, committed to improving care and outcomes for babies who develop severe BPD.
Care for Your Baby and Support for You
Babies with BPD are some of our most vulnerable patients. Most will need neonatal intensive care, often for several weeks. When they go home, they may still need breathing support. They may have trouble feeding and need nutritional and developmental support.
That’s why we at Phoenix Children’s established our BPD Program: We better serve these babies and families and ensure they have the care, support and resources they need. It’s the first and only program of its kind in in the Southwest U.S.
If your baby has BPD, all the care and services your baby might need are available here, from the moment your baby is born until they are healthy and strong enough to breathe without assistance, and growing and developing normally.
When your baby is in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), you can rest assured we are doing everything possible to keep them comfortable, breathing and getting stronger. After your baby goes home, we’re here for you too, with support, counseling and guidance to help you learn how to best care for your baby — because every baby deserves the best possible start in life, and every family deserves to feel confident and supported during this critical time.
PLEASE NOTE: Babies with BPD are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other respiratory illnesses. For your baby’s protection — and yours — we offer virtual visits for routine care and can solve many issues with equipment or care without requiring a trip. If an in-person clinic visit is needed, we’ll take every precaution to prevent any exposure and ensure your baby’s health and safety.
Phoenix Children’s is consistently recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. We are one of only 24 hospitals nationwide to receive top rankings in every surveyed specialty area.
We promote growth, healing and development for infants and children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) by providing comprehensive, collaborative and interdisciplinary care. We use a family-centered care model to ensure the best outcomes for both children and their families in inpatient and outpatient settings.
We aim to be the leading regional center for BPD in the Southwest, nationally recognized as a center of excellence for BPD clinical care and research, and for our contributions to advancing the understanding and management of BPD.