Dr. Ballard's NewbornMedicine

newbornMedicine is a site dedicated to specific areas of neonatology and newborn medicine.

Dr Ballard is an award winning physician in Cincinnati, Ohio and recently was awarded the "Most Breastfeeding Supportive Health Professional" by the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association. View the photo gallery here here

New Ballard Score Gestational Assessment

The New Ballard Score is a methodology that Dr. Ballard developed to assess the gestational age of newborns based on several physical and neuromuscular criteria.

Read more about the Ballard Score at ballardscore.com where you'll find detailed information, quality pictures and even videos of the Ballard Score assessment.

Methadone Maintenance

This paper addresses the management of pregnant women participating in a methadone maintenance program. It discusses the medical approach to the labor of a woman on a methadone maintenance program, what to anticipate at delivery and postpartum, and options for management of the infant who manifests symptoms of the neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Ankyloglossia or Tongue-Tie

The frenulum is the membrane connecting the tongue to the bottom of the infant's mouth. When the frenulum is too short or is connected too close to the front of the mouth, complications can arise with feeding early on, and further complications later in life.

Frenotomy, sometimes called frenuloplasty is a procedure that can be performed to relieve the complications of tongue-tie.

About Dr. Ballard

Dr. Ballard is an associate professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. More ...