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THE ROLE OF THE CNM IN NEWBORN MANAGEMENT

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  • Maryann H. Long CNM, MPH,

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    • Maryann H. Long, CNM. MPH. received a certificate in nurse-midwifery from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University School of Public Health. She is an assistant professor and Education Director at the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

  • Lily S. Y. Hsia CNM, MS, CPNP

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    • Lily S. Y. Hsia, CNM, MS, CPNP, is a graduate of the nurse-midwifery program at Columbia University, where she earned an M.S. She also completed the pediatric nurse practitioner program at the University of Rochester. She is currently Associate Professor and Chairman of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.


Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1227, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

ABSTRACT

This article provides a review of the physical, neurologic, and gestational age assessment of the newborn. Examination techniques, normal findings, and common deviations from normal are included. Nurse-midwives do not always manage the care of the neonate beyond the first few weeks of life, but they are responsible for newborn screening, provision of anticipatory guidance, and referral. Common concerns of parents in the neonatal period are feeding, elimination, crying, and sleep patterns. In addition, the nurse-midwife should provide information about immunizations, accident prevention, and dental health.

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