Promoting birth after 39 weeks: The Challenges
Early elective delivery is associated with neonatal morbidity and mortality with little, if any, benefit to the mother or infant. Strategies and interventions to meet the challenge of decreasing early elective deliveries, in addition to WAPC efforts, include recommendations from ACOG and initiatives of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the March of Dimes.
Elective deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation contribute to maternal and neonatal short-term and long-term risks. (Elective induction of labor is the induction of labor without an accepted medical or obstetrical indication before the spontaneous onset of labor or rupture of membranes. Elective cesarean section is a scheduled primary or repeat cesarean section without an accepted medical or obstetrical indication before the spontaneous onset of labor or rupture of membranes.)
Despite national trends, Wisconsin hospitals are making progress in reducing births before 39 weeks.
Data are vital components to initiate and measure efforts to increase births after 39 weeks. PeriData.Net® provides a rich data source for hospitals to use to monitor progress in increasing births after 39 weeks .
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A vaginal delivery is the safest way to deliver most infants. The decision to have a vaginal birth or a Cesarean birth can have a significant impact on a woman, her infant, and her future pregnancies. WAPC