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Neonatologist Cares for Intensive Care Babies

After your baby is born, don’t expect Bajrang Agarwal to disappear.

As part of his job, the director of the Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, along with his team of neonatologists, ensures the care of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit babies. These doctors, who are also board-certified pediatricians, work with newborns that arrive as early as 28 weeks gestation or two pounds in weight.

That care continues through adulthood until the child turns 18 years old, which the Chappaqua resident said is unique to other medical centers in the area and even the state.

“There’s a continuity of care here. When the babies are born in the hospital, they are seen by one of us, and if they get sick later, they are seen by the same doctor,” Agarwal said.

Agarwal and his team don't just handle the neonatal ICU, in-patient pediatrics and pediatric ER patients, though. They also provide conscious sedation, a process that allows a patient to stay partially awake during an experience, for MRI, CT scans or other procedures for children under 8 years old. “When we are on-call, we stay within the confines of Lawrence Hospital Center . If we get the chance to sleep, we sleep in the hospital’s on-call room. All care is provided by board certified doctors, not by physician assistants or nurse practitioners,” said Agarwal. His team is complemented by a pediatric neurologist, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric surgeons and other specialists, who all work to help in collaboration with each child’s primary medical doctor.  This helps manage more complicated cases and offers the continuity of care the hospital is known for. “We are basically providing all these services so kids don’t need to be transferred to other facilities far away from their homes,” said Agarwal. “The same babies we see in the Intensive Care Unit come back and see us later, and we can take care of them."

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