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Living with Spina BifidaA Guide for Families and Professionals$
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Adrian Sandler, M.D.

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807855478

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867860_sandler

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The Newborn Baby

The Newborn Baby

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(p.51) Chapter 5 The Newborn Baby
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Living with Spina Bifida
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Adrian Sandler

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807867860_sandler.10

This chapter begins with a discussion of important issues about the behavior and development of the newborn baby, followed by a section on habilitation issues, especially feeding. Next, many aspects of the medical care of a newborn baby with spina bifida are described to familiarize the reader with some of the things that commonly occur. The chapter also contains up-to-date medical information that will be of interest to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who care for babies with spina bifida. In the eyes of a parent, a marvelous transformation occurs after a baby with spina bifida is born. Before delivery and in the early days of intense concern about closure, shunting, and other medical issues, the focus is on the problems and hazards. As anxiety decreases, a parent is able to regard and observe the baby more closely, in the minutest detail, and come to know him or her as a unique new individual.

Keywords:   newborn baby, habilitation issues, medical care, spina bifida, medical information, health care professionals

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