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March 24, 1989

Guidelines for Perinatal Care

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

JAMA. 1989;261(12):1809. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420120151044

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The second edition of Guidelines for Perinatal Care represents a joint effort by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. As such it mirrors the close working relationship between pediatric and obstetric specialists so necessary for improving pregnancy outcome for mothers and babies.

The text should be considered an essential reference for all those concerned with the care of pregnant women and their fetuses and neonates. It should be available to physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and health planners. It fills a real need between the simplistic "how-to" manuals and the extensive textbooks of neonatology and maternalfetal medicine that run 1000 pages and cost $100 or more. For most common problems, Guidelines for Perinatal Care provides a clear and concise review of the area. The book is particularly helpful in distinguishing areas of agreement, where clear standards of care are indicated, from areas of uncertainty,