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Delivery is a potentially very dangerous episode for premature or term infants. Many complications can occur and can be associated with neonatal morbidity and mortality. The newborn is transitioning from an "aquatic environment" into immediately being an "air breathing" individual. Excellent prenatal care and modern maternal/infant monitoring during delivery by knowledgeable and experienced healthcare providers in optimal healthcare delivery settings forms the basis for safe welcoming of newborns into the World. The practice of obstetrics is beyond the scope of this website. The interested reader is referred to the following websites: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Academy of Family Practice

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