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Early deliveries down with use of education guide

Fewer moms scheduled early deliveries when hospitals used a tool kit to promote full-term pregnancies, according to a research funded by the March of Dimes and others.

Researchers looked at deliveries at 25 hospitals who used the tool kit and found that C-sections performed with no medical reason and inductions of labor fell 83 percent.

The March of Dimes called the results promising. They said babies born before full-term are at increased risk for serious health problems.

The study was published last week in Obstetricis & Gynecology

The tool kit was developed in partnership with March of Dimes, the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and the California Maternal Child and Adolescent Division within the California Department of Public Health. I

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that if a pregnancy is healthy moms should wait for labor to begin on its own.  The final weeks of pregnancy are crucial to a baby’s health because many vital organs, including the brain and lungs, are still developing, the group said.


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