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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ACOG Task Force Report on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurologic Outcome, 2nd edition
ACOG Task Force Report on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurologic Outcome, 2nd edition

In the first edition of this report, the Task Force on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy outlined criteria deemed essential to establish a causal link between intrapartum hypoxic events and cerebral palsy. It is now known that there are multiple potential causal pathways that lead to... Continue Reading

Date posted03/3/2014


Definition of Term Pregnancy
Definition of Term Pregnancy

ABSTRACT: In the past, the period from 3 weeks before until 2 weeks after the estimated date of delivery was considered “term,” with the expectation that neonatal outcomes from deliveries in this interval were uniform and good. Increasingly, however, research has shown that neonatal... Continue Reading

Date posted11/4/2013


Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health
Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health

The development of complications in pregnancy provides a new window of opportunity for early heart disease risk screening and intervention for women. Continue Reading

Date posted04/1/2013