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We found 4 neonatologists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Lancaster, CA.

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Specializes in Neonatology
1600 W Avenue J; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Murugesamudali Thangavel specializes in neonatology and practices in Lancaster, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thangavel takes. He is a graduate of Madras Medical College.

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Specializes in Neonatology
1717 W Avenue J
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Maya Vazirani is a specialist in neonatology. She works in Lancaster, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Vazirani is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended medical school at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. Dr. Vazirani (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Specializes in Neonatology
44215 15th Street W; Suite 305
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Samadi specializes in neonatology and practices in Lancaster, CA. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Samadi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Neonatology
44215 North 15th Street West; Suite 105
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Oscar Larrazolo specializes in neonatology. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Larrazolo accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Spanish.

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What is Neonatology?

Neonatologists are doctors who provide care for newborn babies who need specialized medical help. These babies may be premature, sick, need surgery, or have injuries from birth. Neonatologists work in hospitals in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, where they have access to special equipment sized to fit very small babies. Although neonatologists mostly see patients after birth, they may occasionally attend deliveries. In some cases where a problem is diagnosed during pregnancy, a neonatologist may also consult with the OBGYN or perinatologist (high-risk obstetrician).

Many of the problems that neonatologists treat are due to prematurity, where an infant is born before 37 weeks gestation. When infants are born prematurely, their bodies are often not developed enough to be able to cope with the world apart from their mother. Premature infants sometimes struggle with issues such as:
  • Breathing and lung problems, including apnea
  • Temperature regulation
  • Jaundice, a condition that causes yellowing of the skin (jaundice is common in newborns but can sometimes lead to serious complications)
  • An underdeveloped digestive system, which poses a nutritional challenge
  • An underdeveloped neurological system, which can lead to problems breathing, sucking, and swallowing

Full-term infants also sometimes require the care of a neonatologist. Problems that might affect a full-term newborn include, among others:
  • Asphyxia, or a lack of oxygen, during birth
  • Congenital birth abnormalities
  • Infections such as pneumonia or meningitis
  • Hyperbilirubinemia, or severe jaundice
  • Injuries obtained during the birth process
  • Bradycardia, or an unusually slow heartbeat

Neonatologists spend time with their tiny patients and their families, diagnose and treat any problems, and manage their daily care. They also ensure newborn babies receive adequate nutrition, which is a critical factor in their healing and growth. Having a baby in the NICU can be a scary time for families. Neonatologists have the knowledge and experience in newborn care to provide the best for your baby.