Guidelines for Perinatal Care

Guidelines for Perinatal Care
8th Ed.
2017 © American Academy of Pediatrics & The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Sarah J. Kilpatrick, MD, PhD, FACOG; Lu-Ann Papile, MD, FAAP
eISBN-13: 978-1-61002-088-6
Pediatrics, Nursing, Obstetrics/Gynecology


Significantly revised and updated, the new 8th edition of this bestselling manual provides the latest recommendations on quality care of pregnant women, their fetuses, and their newborn infants.

Jointly developed by the AAP and ACOG, this unique resource addresses the full spectrum of perinatal medicine from obstetric and pediatric standpoints.

New in the 8th edition:

  • • New section on suggested levels of maternal care from birth centers to level IV institutions
  • • New sections on screening for preterm delivery risk added to chapter on antepartum care
  • • New topics covered include the timing of cord clamping, the need (or not) for bedrest, and updates in hypertension
  • • Guidance regarding postpartum contraception recommendations has been expanded
  • • New sections on mosquito-borne illnesses (including Zika)
  • • New section infections with high risk infection control issues
  • • Updated recommendations on neonatal resuscitation, screening and management of hyperbilirubinemia, and neonatal drug withdrawal

Topics include:

  • • Organization of Perinatal Health Care
  • • Inpatient Perinatal Care Services
  • • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • • Maternal and Neonatal Inter-hospital Transfer
  • • Preconception Care
  • • Antepartum Care
  • • Intrapartum Care of the Mother
  • • Postpartum Care of the Mother
  • • Medical and Obstetric Complications
  • • Care of the Newborn
  • • Neonatal Complications and Management of High-Risk Infants
  • • Perinatal Infections
  • • Infection Control
  • • And more!

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Score: 95/100
4/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.2 Health Sciences - Pediatrics
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"I highly recommend this as a practical resource for providers and administrators who are responsible for maternal/fetal and newborn care. This is the kind of book that can be used as a quick resource to check the criteria for provision of care of a mother/fetus or newborn. It may also be used when an organizational group is interested in evaluating or reevaluating their program as well as their referral network for maternal/fetal and neonatal care."

-- Joseph Hageman, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine) Doody's Review


This book is really meant for providers, administrators, and quality improvement officers as a first reference. The authors and contributors are very credible authorities/experts who provide the most current information and guidelines for care of the mother, fetus and newborn. There is also attention to a patient and family-centered approach to care.

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