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A Community Effort to Reduce Early Elective Deliveries

 

To improve the health of St. Louis area babies and their moms, more than 40 organizations including local hospitals, physician groups, employers, health plans, and non-profit organizations such as the March of Dimes and the Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition joined with the Midwest Health Initiative to reduce early elective deliveries across the region.

The simple goal was to reduce inductions and cesarean sections performed before 39 weeks gestation without a medical reason. Babies induced in before 39 weeks, even those induced in early term between 37 and 39 weeks, have a higher risk for complications, including significant respiratory problems and trouble learning in school later on. This practice also leads to a significantly higher risk of cesarean section.

Since this project launched in 2012, St. Louis area hospitals continually report lower rates of early elective deliveries than state and national averages. 

 

MORE INFORMATION ON MHI'S PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHIER BABIES:

 

 

View the current list of signers here.

 

View an overview of the project here.  

 

 

 

 

Are you a mom, family member or other consumer interested in more information on why it's important to wait to deliver?

Visit the March of Dimes.