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what is the difference between neonatologist and a perinatologist?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Mother-fetus/newborn: Neo(new)natologists care for babies in the first month of their life and sometimes beyond. Peri(around)natologists care for fetuses during and before the time of birth. Newer term is maternal-fetal medicine, a subscpecialty focusing on maternal and fetal health throughout and sometimes before pregnancy. Neonatologist has peds residency + neonatology fellowship. Perinatologist has obgyn + mfm ed.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

I have level 2 ultrasound with perinatologist. What is that?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Level 2: A level 2 ultrasound examines the structures of the fetus by ultrasound. It examines the fetal heart, abdomen, central nervous system, arms and legs. The person trained to interpret these images is a perinatologist, or maternal fetal medicine physician. They have extensive training in obstetrics, genetics, and ultrasound.
A 40-year-old member asked:

My wife is having complications. Can a person in maternal-fetal medicine give me advice on the phone?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
?Question confusing?: I suppose you could call a maternal-fetal med person that you establish a patient/physician relationship with & seek advice backed by their knowledge of you wife's situation, labs & physical exam. You can contact a site physician near you & set up that relationship. Healthtap physicians do not practice medicine through the site but endeavor to provide factual information in general terms.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Why do neonatologists order an apnea monitor?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Apnea monitor: Neonatologists order apnea monitors for select children being disharged from the nicu to home when they are concerned that the child is at risk for events where the child may stop breathing (apnea). The monitor alarms for apnea, thereby urging the caregiver to evaluate the child. Not all children discharged from nicu require this.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between neonatologist and a neonatal nurse practitioner?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
MD vs. NP: Neonatologists are medical doctors specialized in pediatrics and then subspecialized in neonatology. A nurse practitioner is an rn who has done graduate work in nursing practice and specialized in neonatology.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Think is better to have postop care from a neonatologist or a pediatric surgron?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Post op care: For a neonatal patient, postoperative care can be provided by a number of different physicians depending upon the type and complexity of surgery, as well as the actual or anticipated post-operative course, and other co-morbid patient factors. Optimal care may be rendered by a team of physicians or one, but often there is a team of individuals caring for any one patient beyond just a single doctor.

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