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Core Activities

What Does the Section Do?

Section committees and education working groups focus 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 liaison groups within and behond the Academy. Finally, the Section honors leaders and records significant historical moments in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Education & Publications

Three conferences form the Section's core educational activities: the Perinatal Section AAP NCE program, the Spring Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies, and NeoPREP. The Section also provides support through the district grant program to support regional meetings in all 10 districts. The Section produces two publications, the Journal of Perinatology and the Perinatal Section News and contributes to the AAP online publication, NeoReviews-Plus.

Training & Career Development

The Section's role in founding and ongoing support of the Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directors exemplifies its strong commitment to trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine. The recent establishment of a trainee track within the NCE Perinatal Section Program and trainee support for research career development provided through the Klaus Research Grants are just two direct ways in which the Section supports the early stages of career development. The Section also works closely with the American Board of Pediatrics on issues relevant to certification and recertification in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine. Incorporation into annual Section venues of fellow-oriented leadership modules is intended to broaden professional development and enhance skills at all career stages.

AAP Policy Statements

The Committee on the Fetus and Newborn 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.


The Section's educational and quality improvement efforts offer substantial indirect benefit to mothers and babies. Broader advocacy takes place through collaborations with liaison organizations and interaction with Academy leadership in developing approaches that provide national and international maternal-child advocacy.

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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