ACOG Committee Opinion No. 379: Management of delivery of a newborn with meconium-stained amniotic fluid

Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Sep;110(3):739. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000263928.82639.7f.


In accordance with the new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, all infants with meconium-stained amniotic fluid should no longer routinely receive intrapartum suctioning. If meconium is present and the newborn is depressed, the clinician should intubate the trachea and suction meconium and other aspirated material from beneath the glottis.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Amnion
  • Amniotic Fluid / chemistry*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Meconium*
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pregnancy
  • Suction