Examination of the Newborn and Neonatal Health, A Multidimensional Approach

Examination of the Newborn and Neonatal Health

A Multidimensional Approach

By Lorna Davies, BSc(Hons), MA, PGCEA, RN, RM, Lecturer in Midwifery, Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology, New Zealand.; and Sharon McDonald, RM, BSc(Hons), MA, PGCEA, RGN, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Anglia Ruskin University, UK


1. The practical examination of the newborn

2. From gametes to fetus: a chronology of embryo development

3. Antenatal screening: the significance for the health of the newborn

4. Influences on the health of the newborn, before and during pregnancy

5. The neonatal period and beyond: short- and long-term consequences of intrapartum events

6. Maternal and newborn transition: adjustment to extrauterine life

7. Resuscitation of the newborn baby

8. Neurological, behavioural and growth assessment of the newborn

9. Congenital cardiac anomalies in the newborn: causes, effects and treatment

10. The newborn eye: visual function and screening for ocular disorders

11. Congenital abnormality - screening, diagnosis & communication

12. Neonatal jaundice: implications for newborn health

13. Neonatal skincare and cord care : implications for practice

14. Newborn screening and immunization

15. Helping parents make decisions

Appendix 1: Co-sleeping

Appendix 2: Vitamin K and VKDB