The seventh edition of Guidelines for Perinatal Care is a user-friendly guide e
that provides updated and expanded information from the sixth edition.
Multiple chapters have been reorganized and rewritten. The chapters are
supplemented by 10 appendixes (A–J) that provide a wealth of additional
information and resources for readers. This edition maintains the focus of f
the past edition on reproductive awareness and regionally based perinatal care
services but with an added focus on patient safety and quality improvement in
obstetrics and neonatology, which is highlighted in a new chapter dedicated to
this topic.
Guidelines for Perinatal Care represents a cross section of different disci- e
plines within the perinatal community. It is designed for use by all personnel
who are involved in the care of pregnant women, their fetuses, and their neo-
nates in community programs, hospitals, and medical centers. An intermingling
of information in varying degrees of detail is provided to address their collective
needs. The result is a unique resource that complements the educational docu-
ments listed in Appendix I, which provide more specific information. Readers
are encouraged to refer to the appendix for related documents to supplement
those listed at the end of each chapter. A list of web site resources also is includ-
ed in this edition. The list includes the web sites of relevant health care-related
organizations (Appendix J).
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) will continue to update infor-
mation presented here through policy statements and recommendations that
both organizations issue periodically, particularly with regard to rapidly evolv-
ing technologies and areas of practice.
Guidelines for Perinatal Care is published as a companion document to e
the College’s Guidelines for Women’s Health Care, which is in its third edi-
tion. Although each book is developed with the aid of a separate committee,
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