A pediatric neonatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of newborn infants, particularly those who are premature, critically ill, or have other medical complications at birth. Neonatologists work closely with other healthcare professionals, including obstetricians, pediatricians, and neonatal nurses, to provide comprehensive care to newborns.
Pediatric neonatologists have specialized training in the management of complex medical conditions that affect newborns. They use a range of diagnostic tests and interventions to diagnose and treat conditions, including breathing problems, infections, and heart and lung disorders.
Pediatric neonatologists work in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and provide round-the-clock care to newborns. They may also provide support and guidance to parents and families, as well as collaborate with other healthcare professionals to develop long-term care plans.
To become a pediatric neonatologist, one must complete a medical degree, a residency in pediatrics, and a fellowship in neonatology. Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics is also required.