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Neonatal Care in the Delivery Room: Initial Management and Approach to Low Risk Newborns

  • Tara M. Randis
  • Jennifer M. DuchonEmail author
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Successful resuscitation hinges upon preparedness. Newborn infants who do not require resuscitation can be rapidly identified upon delivery by answering the following three critical questions:
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    Term gestation?

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    Good tone?

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    Breathing or crying?


If the answer to all three questions is “yes,” the newly born infant may stay with the mother for routine care. Most initial care of low risk, healthy newborns can be provided while skin-to skin contact with the mother is maintained. Breastfeeding should be initiated as soon as possible. Policies relating to routine newborn care should be continually assessed to provide the best care while minimizing unnecessary invasive interventions, as well as adhering to national and international standards as appropriate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of NeonatologySt. Joseph’s Regional Medical CenterPatersonUSA

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