xi 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. xi Preface
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