They believe their "findings support recommendations to delay elective delivery
until 39 weeks of gestation and should be helpful in counseling.
This November, the March of Dimes is focusing on educating the public about the importance of waiting at least 39 weeks to deliver a baby, so long as the pregnancy is healthy and does not require an early elective delivery
Early elective delivery
rates decline: The national average for early elective deliveries was 3.
Patient access to individual doctors' rates of cesarean section, early elective delivery
, and episiotomy is likely to come in the future, Dr.
These findings support recommendations to delay elective delivery
until 39 weeks gestation and should be helpful in counseling women on the necessity of waiting to deliver," New England Journal of Medicine quoted Tita, as saying.
To help parents and babies avoid that preventable risk, Aetna (NYSE: AET) is helping providers and moms-to-be recognize and avoid the complex combination of issues that contribute to early elective delivery
and medically unnecessary C-sections.
With its "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Campaign," the March of Dimes has encouraged women and their health care providers to avoid scheduling an early elective delivery
before at least 39 weeks of pregnancy.
The survey of 757 hospitals found that 39% of reporting hospitals had early elective delivery
rates of 5% or less in 2011, compared with 30% the previous year.
Leapfrog has posted early elective delivery
rates of 773 hospitals on a new web page www.