Our Diverse and Collaborative Focus

The Section focuses on perinatal health from many viewpoints: advocacy, education, training, career development, guidelines and policy statements, and other publications. The Section values its collaborative relationship with many liaisons within and beyond the Academy.

Education, Publications and Research:

AAP Policy Statements

The Committee on the Fetus and Newborn (COFN) develops, revises, and retires most AAP guidelines and policy statements relevant to Neonatal-Perinatal medicine. The Section leadership also reviews documents relevant to newborn health that are generated by other AAP Sections and Committees. COFN develops, revises and recommends for retirement of Academy statements and guidelines relevant to the care of newborn infants. The Committee also, in collaboration with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), produces the Handbook for Perinatal Care, now in its 6th edition.

Certification & Recertification

The Section enjoys a productive consultative and collaborative relationship with the American Board of Pediatrics and, through this work, assists the ABP in developing the best possible certification and recertification requirements.

History & Leaders in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

The annual Cone and Butterfield history lectures and AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics awards - the Apgar, Education, Pioneer and Landmark - commemorate key events in perinatal history and honor leaders in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine.

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