The Committee on the Fetus and Newborn (COFN) studies issues and current advances in fetal and neonatal care; makes recommendations regarding neonatal practice; collaborates with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to consider perinatal issues on which the practices of obstetrics and pediatrics merge; and works cooperatively with ACOG on new editions of Guidelines for Perinatal Care.
In 1937, the Academy established the Committee on Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality to collaborate with a similar Committee in the American Pediatric Society. Together, these committees agreed that neonatal mortality and morbidity could be reduced by applying what was already know. The group made a number of recommendations including: collect statistics and develop a standard nomenclature for causes of death, conduct more autopsies to learn about the causes of death, collaborate with obstetricians, and develop standards for protection of newborn infants. In 1938, the committee requested a name change to the Committee on Problems of the Fetus and Newborn Infant and in 1941, the name was changed to its current name, COFN.
The COFN is currently developing the following policy statements:
• Birth Trauma
• Immersion in Water for Labor and Delivery
• Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Premature Infants
• Kangaroo Care
• Respiratory Support of the Preterm Infant Starting at Birth
• Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy
The COFN has new and is currently developing the following policy statements
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