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What is a neonatologist?

A neonatologist is a subspecialist in pediatrics who takes care of critically-ill newborns. In this video, George Emerson, MD, of West Hills Hospital, describes how long these specialists work with babies.
Neonatologists are doctors who are specially trained to care for newborns, especially infants with health problems that are serious or hard to diagnose or treat. This includes premature infants, and those with serious diseases, injuries and birth defects. If the problem is known before birth, a neonatologist may be needed before or during the baby's delivery, as well as after the child is born. Neonatologists are specialists in conditions that affect newborns, as well as the best ways to diagnose and treat newborns. Their training includes pediatrics and newborn intensive care. They are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Sub-Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

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