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Examination of the Newborn

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The aim of both the initial examination at birth and the full neonatal examination is to confirm normality, identify any congenital abnormalities and exclude medical concerns. It also gives the midwife a precious opportunity for further health education and parental reassurance.

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“Is my baby healthy?” This is usually the first and most important question parents ask after delivery. Answering that question accurately requires careful observation, thorough examination and, if needed, onwards referral for further assessment. The aim of both the initial examination at birth and the full neonatal examination is to confirm normality, identify any congenital abnormalities and exclude medical concerns. It also gives the midwife a precious opportunity for further health education and parental reassurance.

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Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Lata Borude
14 Mar 2021
Very important for GP trainees and new doctors in the UK. It helped me understand protocols and dealing with parents taking consent . Explaining facts to parents . Take right and timely action if abnormalities noted.
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Selina Wainwright
25 Jun 2020
Quick refresh and reference reading.
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Berto Rodriguez
16 Jul 2021
Brief, concise and good summary in 4 minutes with attached relevant guideline from QLD
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Md. Ali
28 Aug 2021
It's a good course for Neonatologist and Gynaecologist.
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Tammie G
29 Apr 2020
I found this topic very helpful in refreshing the skills i had.
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Catherine Hill
10 Jul 2021
Concise article on newborn assessment.
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Kristyn fanning
17 Dec 2019
Short and concise.
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Tracey mahon
06 Apr 2021
Great
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Ingrid Moe
22 May 2020
Well written, clear, succinct assessment of the neonate.
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Kylie Roberts
26 Sep 2020
Concise and clear
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