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The Maryland Perinatal System Standards were originally developed in 1995-1998 by a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene advisory committee as a set of voluntary standards for Maryland hospitals providing obstetrical and neonatal services. The Standards have been incorporated into the regulations for designation of perinatal referral centers by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) , as well as the Maryland Health Care Commission’s State Plan regulations for obstetrical units and neonatal intensive care units.
In 2008, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reconvened its Perinatal Clinical Advisory Committee, a multidisciplinary committee representing 19 Maryland professional organizations, to fully review and update the Standards. These revision to the Standards were made in order to be consistent with the 6th edition of theGuidelines for Perinatal Care, issued in 2007 jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Obstetric Practice, as well as the AAP 2004 Policy Statement on Levels of Neonatal Care. The Standards were further revised in July 2012 by the addition of Standard 13.7.
Maryland Perinatal System Standards 2012.pdf
For questions regarding the Maryland Perinatal System Standards, you may contact:
S. Lee Woods, MD, PhD410-767-6713Lee.Woods@Maryland.gov
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