Extensive physiologic changes accompany the birth process, sometimes unmasking conditions that posed no problem during intrauterine life. For that reason, a person with neonatal resuscitation skills must attend each birth.
Gestational age (see Gestational Age) and growth parameters (see Growth Parameters in Neonates) help identify the risk of neonatal pathology.
Last full review/revision January 2015 by James W. Kendig, MD; Ursula Nawab, MD
Content last modified January 2015