Pediatric Medicine/Resuscitation/Definition of Neonatal Resuscitation

Neonatal Resuscitation is intervention after a baby is born to help it breathe and to help its heart beat.

  • Before a baby is born, the placenta provides oxygen and nutrition to the blood and removes carbon dioxide.
  • After a baby is born, the lungs provide oxygen to the blood and remove carbon dioxide.
    • The transition from using the placenta to using the lungs for gas exchange begins when the umbilical cord is clamped or tied off, and the baby has its first breath.
      • Many babies go through this transition without needing intervention.
      • Some babies need help with establishing their air flow, breathing, or circulation.
        • Resuscitation is helping with Airway, Breathing, and Circulation, also known as the ABCs.
Last modified on 10 June 2009, at 14:12