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The birth of an infant is a time of great joy but also a time of significant change for families. Typically, a large amount of historical information is collected, new data are integrated, and synthesized knowledge is taught to parents during a brief hospitalization surrounding an infant's birth. Family routines are in flux and complex physiologic changes are occurring in both the mother and infant. In the midst of this time of great transition, clinicians should remember that care of the family should be accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. The concept of a medical home starts for the child at the prenatal visit and extends through the birth and beyond, when a clinician and family begin a relationship to promote healthy growth and development. The principles of the medical home are described in Fig 1. (...

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