Publications & Guidelines

Since 2004, the Publications Committee has been charged with developing and publishing various publications, including the SMFM Consult Series and the SMFM Clinical Guidelines series published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The Publications Committee collaborates with other Societies and Colleges to develop joint publications and statements, as appropriate. The Committee plans topics, selects authors, and reviews each completed paper before it is submitted for an internal SMFM review process and then for publication.  All Committee members have filed conflict of interest statements with SMFM. Any conflicts have been resolved through a process approved by the Executive Board. To facilitate transparency in SMFM's guideline development process, a brief overview of the key stages in development is provided here. Feedback for SMFM Publications is welcome at pubs@smfm.org

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SMFM Consult Series #41: The use of chromosomal microarray for prenatal diagnosis
SMFM Consult Series #41: The use of chromosomal microarray for prenatal diagnosis

Chromosomal microarray analysis is a high-resolution, whole-genome technique used to identifychromosomal abnormalities, including those detected by conventional cytogenetic techniques, aswell as small submicroscopic deletions and duplications referred to as copy number variants. Becausechromosomal... Continue Reading

Date posted09/1/2016


Severe maternal morbidity: screening and review
Severe maternal morbidity: screening and review

This document builds upon recommendations from peer organizations and outlines a process for identifying maternal cases that should be reviewed. Severe maternal morbidity is associated with a high rate of preventability, similar to that of maternal mortality. It also can be considered a near miss... Continue Reading

Date posted06/1/2016


SMFM Consult Series#39: Diagnosis and antenatal management of congenital cytomegalovirus infection
SMFM Consult Series#39: Diagnosis and antenatal management of congenital cytomegalovirus infection

Diagnosis/definition: Primary Infection: After suspicious ultrasonographic findings (e.g echogenic bowel, cerebral ventriculomegaly and calcifications, and IUGR)- testing for maternal CMV infection For women suspected of having primary CMV infection in pregnancy, diagnosis should be either... Continue Reading

Date posted05/1/2016


Amniotic fluid embolism: diagnosis and management
Amniotic fluid embolism: diagnosis and management

Diagnosis/definition: Triad of sudden hypoxia and hypotension, followed in many cases by coagulopathy, all occurring in relation to labor and delivery DDX in any women with sudden cardiovascular collapse or cardiac arrest seizures, severe respiratory difficulty or hypoxia, particularly if... Continue Reading

Date posted04/1/2016


Practice Bulletin #162, Prenatal Diagnostic Testing for Genetic Disorders
Practice Bulletin #162, Prenatal Diagnostic Testing for Genetic Disorders

Download PDF TAGS:prenatal testing, prenatal diagnosis, genetic CATEGORIES:OB-GYN, Sub-specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife and Laborist Fetal Issues and Complications Joint Publication Continue Reading

Date posted03/1/2016


Hepatitis B in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and prevention of vertical transmission
Hepatitis B in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and prevention of vertical transmission

Diagnosis/definition: The diagnosis of the chronic carrier state is confirmed with persistence of HBsAg and the absence of hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb). HBsAg and HBsAb do not coexist.Start with maternal HBsAg. HBV core ab is produced secondary to infection (never from... Continue Reading

Date posted02/1/2016


Multifetal gestations: twin, triplet, and higher-order multifetal pregnancies- Interim Update
Multifetal gestations: twin, triplet, and higher-order multifetal pregnancies- Interim Update

The incidence of multifetal gestations in the United States has increased dramatically over the past several decades. The rate of twin births increased 76% between 1980 and 2009, from 18.9 to 33.3 per 1,000 births (). The rate of triplet and higher-order multifetal gestations increased more than... Continue Reading

Date posted01/1/2016


Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B

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Date posted12/30/2015


Ethical Considerations for Including Women as Research Participants
Ethical Considerations for Including Women as Research Participants

ABSTRACT: Inclusion of women in research studies is necessary for valid inferences about health and disease in women. The generalization of results from trials conducted in men may yield erroneous conclusions that fail to account for the biologic differences between men and women. Although... Continue Reading

Date posted11/2/2015


Vasa previa
Vasa previa

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Date posted10/1/2015


SMFM Consult Series #37: Diagnosis and management of vasa previa
SMFM Consult Series #37: Diagnosis and management of vasa previa

Vasa previa occurs when unprotected fetal blood vessels run through the amniotic membranes and traverse the cervix. Complications include fetal hemorrhage, exsanguination, or death. Diagnosis by ultrasound. Management: antenatal corticosteroids 28-32 weeks, considerations for preterm... Continue Reading

Date posted08/1/2015


SMFM Consult #8: The Fetus at risk for anemia–diagnosis and management
SMFM Consult #8: The Fetus at risk for anemia–diagnosis and management

Correction to this Consult: In Figure 2, the box that reads "Induce labor at 38-39 weeks" should read "Induce labor at 37-38 weeks". A revised Figure 2, "Algorithm for clinical management of the red cell alloimmunized pregnancy" can be found here. Diagnosis/definition: Hemoglobin value that... Continue Reading

Date posted03/27/2015