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We found 4 neonatologists who accept Aetna near Newark, DE.

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Specializes in Neonatology
Christiana Care Health System; Department of Neonatology
Newark, DE

Dr. Kelly Zook is a medical specialist in neonatology. Dr. Zook is affiliated with Riddle Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Centegra Health System. Before performing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Zook attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Unfortunately, Dr. Zook is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Dr. Amanda J Kay, MPH, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
4755 Ogletown - stanton Road; Cchs Room 4200 Pediatrics
Newark, DE

Dr. Amanda Kay is a specialist in neonatology. Dr. Kay is affiliated with Union Hospital Health System. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She is an in-network provider for Aetna, Aetna Bronze, Aetna HSA, and more.

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Specializes in Neonatology
4755 Ogletown - Stanton Road; Christiana Pediatric Hospitalists/ 4a-30
Newark, DE

Dr. Kevin Sullivan is a neonatologist. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Dr. Andrew M Ellefson, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
4745 Ogletown Stanton Road; Map 1, Suite 217
Newark, DE

Dr. Andrew Ellefson's specialty is neonatology. His medical residency was performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA.

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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.