As we have done since the first edition, published in 1983, the eighth edition
of Guidelines for Perinatal Care provides updated and expanded informa-
tion from the seventh edition. All updates are taken from existing American
Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) or American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists’ (ACOG) documents as of July 2017. Several chapters have
been reorganized and rewritten, and two chapters in the seventh edition
(“Preconception and Antepartum Care” and “Intrapartum and Postpartum
Care of the Mother”) have been split into “Prepregnancy Care,” “Antepartum
Care,” “Intrapartum Care of the Mother,” and “Postpartum Care of the
Mother” for the current edition to improve the presentation of the expanded
content. We continue to focus on reproductive awareness and patient safety
as well as quality in obstetrics and neonatology and approach all topics from
the vantage point of best care for the mother and newborn.
Guidelines for Perinatal Care represents a cross section of different disci-
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
newborn infants 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 comple-
ments the educational documents listed in Appendix H, 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.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and ACOG will continue to update
information presented in this guide through policy statements and recom-
mendations that both organizations issue periodically, particularly with
regard to rapidly evolving technologies and areas of practice.