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Dr. Erin Clifford Stepka, MD

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Specialist | Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

9875 Hospital Drive Maple Grove Hospital Osseo MN, 55369

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In practice since 2006, Dr. Stepka is a well-versed neonatologist whose clinical interests include late preterm infant, prevention of NEC in the ELBW, and prevention of IVH in the ELBW infant. She serves as the Neonatal Program Development and Clinical Services Medical Director at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Education and Training

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Medical Degree 1999

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics

PediatricsAmerican Board of PediatricsABP- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Dr. Erin Clifford Stepka, MD's Expert Contributions
  • Does low birth weight correlate with growth?

    A weight of 5 pounds 1 oz at birth for a full-term baby (37-41 weeks) is small for gestational age. This weight could be in the normal range for a preterm infant (less than 37 weeks) depending on the gestation of the infant at birth. In other words, if the infant was a month or more early, this could be a normal weight. Assuming this infant is a term infant, there are many reasons for low birth weight including growth restriction from a poor functioning placenta (the organ that transfers nutrients from mom to baby). Other reasons include genetic reasons, mom's that smoke or use non-prescription medications, high blood pressure in pregnancy, and maternal diabetes. How a baby grows after birth and the first week of life (when most infants lose a little weight) depends on the cause of the low birth weight. Many infants born small, whatever the cause, can grow to their full potential which is estimated by their parental heights. The opposite is also true. Some large for gestational age infants (greater than the 90%) don't necessarily become large adults. The key to growth is good nutrition and a healthy, nurturing environment. So, if your sister is providing these important contributors to growth and well-being, the baby should grow well and to what we call the infant's genetic potential. I hope this answers your question! READ MORE

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Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor University of Minnesota Medical School -

Awards

  • Top Doctor in Mpls. 2020 St. Paul Magazine 

Fellowships

  • Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Neonatology  2004

Fellowships

  • Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital (2004)

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Practice At 18101 Lorain Ave

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Get to know Neonatologist Dr. Erin Clifford Stepka, who serves patients in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In practice since 2006, Dr. Stepka is a well-versed neonatologist whose clinical interests include late preterm infant, prevention of NEC in the ELBW, and prevention of IVH in the ELBW infant. She serves as the Neonatal Program Development and Clinical Services Medical Director at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As one of the largest neonatal programs in the country, the neonatal program at Children’s Minnesota provides everything from consults to air and ground transport for babies in need. Caring for more than 2,500 newborns each year, Children’s Minnesota has the largest high-risk neonatal referral center in the Upper Midwest.

Alongside her clinical role, Dr. Stepka is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is also affiliated with M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center and M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Following the completion of her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Stepka decided to further her training. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital in 2001, followed by her fellowship in neonatology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2004.

Recognized as a 2020 Top Doctor in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, she is board-certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The ABP exists to support and encourage the best possible health care for children by setting standards for medical training, assessing levels of competence, and encouraging pediatricians to stay up to date with medical knowledge and best practices.

Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatrics that consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill, or premature newborns. It is a hospital-based specialty and is usually practiced in neonatal intensive care units. Neonatologists generally diagnose and treat newborns with conditions such as breathing disorders, infections, and birth defects, as well as coordinating care and medically managing newborns born prematurely, critically ill, or in need of surgery. 

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