Founder and editor-in-chief coeditors of new textbook

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition, has been released by publisher Wiley Blackwell.

A new textbook on high-risk pregnancies edited by Contemporary OB/GYN founding editor John T. Queenan, MD, and current editor-in-chief Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, along with Catherine Y. Spong, MD, has been released by publisher Wiley Blackwell. Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition includes protocols in 5 categories: Concerns in Pregnancy, Antenatal Testing, Maternal Disease, Obstetric Problems, and Labor and Delivery.


The 55 contributors, all practicing physicians and experts in their fields, were instructed to write the protocols “as if they were working up their patients and following them through the various stages of management,” according to the preface. Evidence to support interventions is given where it exists.

“The protocols enable you to better understand common and/or severe obstetrical and medical conditions affecting pregnancies, devise correct management strategies, and optimize outcomes,” said Dr. Lockwood. “Each evidenced-based protocol is written by highly experienced, ‘all-star’ authors who also share their experience and practical counsel. Key references are provided for a deeper understanding of a topic.”

Updates to the sixth edition include advances in sonography and changes in approach to amniotic fluid disorders, depression, fetal growth restriction, HIV, indicated late preterm and early term birth, malaria, and noninvasive prenatal diagnosis.

At the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Meeting in May in San Francisco, Drs. Lockwood and Queenan autographed copies of the books at the College Bookstore, where it was offered for sale. Contemporary OB/GYN blogger Yalda Afshar, MD, who is a third-year resident at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California, was excited to receive her copy and anticipates using it often.

“The book is filled with high-yield algorithms of evidence-based approaches that are going to be very useful for day-to-day reference on the floor,” she said.

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