Advocacy is at the heart of pediatrics and neonatal care. Historically and currently, numerous pediatricians have used their expertise to raise the voices of children and families to promote child health and welfare. Despite a lack of formal training in advocacy and health policy, many of the skills required for daily clinical care can, and ought to, be applied to affect systemic change within neonatology. Advocacy can no longer be considered an optional activity, but rather a core competency and professional responsibility. In this review, the authors describe the necessity and foundational principles for advocacy success as well as provide guidance, resources, and opportunities for neonatologists and clinicians providing newborn care.
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