Certification is voluntary and is a quality improvement process that includes matching hospital capabilities and capacity to established guidelines through a self-assessment process and a site visit by a team of peer professionals. This voluntary certification process has resulted in improved perinatal outcomes.
Recommendations and Guidelines for Perinatal Care Centers and Freestanding Neonatal Care Centers
The Guidelines address processes for the provision of perinatal and neonatal patient care, such as, patient services and personnel, CQI, perinatal education for staff and patients, and community involvement. The Guidelines reflect the dynamic, changing environment of perinatal/neonatal care.