Newborns and Neonatology 1 of 2

One in every 10 babies today is born prematurely--at less than 37 weeks of gestation. While these newborns face a variety of health problems, advances in neonatal care are giving them a better chance to grown and thrive. In this interview, you will learn about the special care infants receive in the neonatal intensive care unit and find out what pregnant women can do to improve their chances of having a healthy baby.

Part one of this two-part program addresses the following topics:

  • Neonatology
  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Premature babies
  • Medical conditions affecting NICU babies
  • Advances in neonatology
  • Medical risks for premature babies
  • Feeding for NICU babies
  • Physical touch for babies
  • Light therapy for bilirubin
  • Emotional support for families
  • Environmentally friendly NICU

Dr. Cynthia Bearer, a pediatrician and head of neonatology at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. Dr. Bearer is also a professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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This page was last updated: November 25, 2013

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