OSF St. Joseph is partnering with March of Dimes and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center to encourage all mothers to carry their babies to full-term through the “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” public service campaign and the “Less Than 39 Week” initiative. OSF St. Joseph Medical Center earned recognition from national health care insurance provider Aetna, and more recently, the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) for its commitment to early elective delivery infant safety.
In 2014, OSF St. Joseph reached the ILPQC’s statewide goal of an early elective delivery rate of less than five percent.
“Reducing early elective deliveries in our Birthing Center is a critical step towards improving birth outcomes and reducing costs associated with non-medically indicated early elective inductions and elective cesarean sections,” says Renell Composto, Birthing Center director, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.
Early elective birth is when a mother chooses to induce labor for a non-medical reason. Common reasons are that the mother is uncomfortable, the parents want to choose the birth date, or their doctor has a scheduled vacation on the due date and the parents do not want a doctor they do not know to deliver their baby. While these and other reasons are legitimate concerns, the risk of doing harm to the baby is not worth it.
When a mother induces labor before 39 weeks, there are many complications that can occur to the baby and herself. Evidence shows some of the most important organs grow significantly in the last few weeks of a pregnancy, so if the mother induces labor early, she is taking away crucial developing time that her baby needs. Other complications can include hearing, vision, swallowing, breathing, temperature, and behavioral problems. Unfortunately, all of these complications of inducing labor early can have long lasting effects on your child, but this is all preventable if parents wait at least 39 weeks.
For more information about the March of Dimes’ “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign, please click here.
For more information about the Birthing Center at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, please visit www.osfstjoseph.org/birth.