2. What They Do

A neonatologist manages the day-to-day care of patients in the NICU or the neonatal intensive care unit. Often, their work begins before the birth, consulting on the medical teams of pregnant women whose babies have congenital abnormalities. They answer any questions the mother and family may have and put together a plan for delivery and the interventions required after birth. Neonatologists also attend high-risk deliveries so they can intervene immediately if necessary.

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