Promoting birth after 39 weeks:
What We Are Doing
WAPC is educating providers and patients about the value of “coming to term” and how to care for the late preterm infant, defined as 34 0/7–36 6/7 weeks gestation.
WAPC hosted the Regional Forum Series, “Coming to Term—Promoting Delivery after 39 Weeks.” The series
- Described trends in elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation.
- Identified maternal and neonatal risks of delivery prior to 39 weeks.
- Identified strategies effective in reducing elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks.
- Used data from PeriData.Net® and other sources to document change in percent of births prior to 39 weeks.
WAPC hosted the Regional Forum Series, “Caring for the Late Preterm Infant: What We Need to Know. “ The series:
- Identified adverse consequences of late preterm birth for mother and neonate.
- Identified interventions to reduce late-preterm births.
- Developed comprehensive pre- and post-discharge plans for infants and their families.
Did you know?
baby’s brain grows 30% in the last 5 weeks of pregnancy?