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difference between level 2 and 3 nicu? should i deliver my baby at a level 3 if i have complete placenta previa?

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Dr. Raj Syal
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Probably not: Many level 2 nicu function as a level 3 w/o the designation. Where you deliver depends on how far along you are when you deliver. Also very important is the experience of the hospital where you deliver in handling a complete previa. Talk to you doctor.

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