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Overview of Perinatal Problems

By Eric Gibson, MD, Associate Professor, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Nemours Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University ; Ursula Nawab, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Thomas Jefferson University/Nemours

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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.

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