Care and Management of the Late Preterm Infant

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Late preterm infants (LPI) (those born 34 to36 6/7 weeks gestation) comprise a unique population requiring enhanced awareness and sensitivity to issues of delivery,  transition, infection, nutrition, discharge readiness, and parent education that need to begin shortly after birth.  Every perinatal unit, regardless of level of care, should implement an organized plan to address the unique physiologic needs and challenges of the late preterm infant.