Early Elective Deliveries Decrease in Multistate Study
April 9—A group of 25 hospitals in five states reduced their rates of early elective deliveries of babies from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent during a one-year study published on April 8 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The 83 percent reduction covered inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason. Babies delivered before 39 weeks gestation are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life, says the March of Dimes, which partly funded the study.
The five states in which the study took place account for an estimated 38 percent of all births in the United States, according to the March of Dimes. The initiative’s implementation toolkit can be downloaded free of charge at www.prematurityprevention.org.
Publication Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2013