Levels of neonatal care

Wanda Denise Barfield, Lu Ann Papile, Jill E. Baley, William Benitz, James Cummings, Waldemar A. Carlo, Praveen Kumar, Richard A. Polin, Rosemarie C. Tan, Kristi L. Watterberg, George Macones, Ann L. Jefferies, Rosalie O. Mainous, Tonse N.K. Raju, Kasper S. Wang, Jim Couto

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Provision of risk-appropriate care for newborn infants and mothers was first proposed in 1976. This updated policy statement provides a review of data supporting evidence for a tiered provision of care and reaffirms the need for uniform, nationally applicable definitions and consistent standards of service for public health to improve neonatal outcomes. Facilities that provide hospital care for newborn infants should be classified on the basis of functional capabilities, and these facilities should be organized within a regionalized system of perinatal care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-597
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Health policy
  • High-risk infant
  • Hospital newborn care services
  • Maternal and child health
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Nurseries
  • Regionalization
  • Very low birth weight infant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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