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Grand Itasca Recognized For Its Work to Reduce Elective Early Deliveries

4/16/2014

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently recognized for reducing the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. March of Dimes says this will give more babies a healthy start in life. Babies delivered before full term (39 to 41 weeks completed gestation) are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently recognized for reducing the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. March of Dimes says this will give more babies a healthy start in life. Babies delivered before full term (39 to 41 weeks completed gestation) are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.

The Grand Itasca Obstetrics Committee created a policy to eliminate non-medically indicated or elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks and put into place practices to encourage waiting until post-39 week gestation. Thanks to these efforts, Grand Itasca had only one early elective delivery in 2013, or 0.3% of the 313 births last year. This achievement is recognized through a banner from the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association. Joyce Werhand. Women’s Health & Birth Nurse Director says, “I am proud to be part of an organization that is committed to following best practices guidelines for the overall health of moms and babies. Waiting has benefits for both mother and baby and I believe we are seeing those benefits more as a result of our efforts.”

Babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Recent research by the March of Dimes, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.

“The last weeks of pregnancy are important. Babies aren’t just putting on weight. They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs. ” says Lawrence Massa, March of Dimes Board Member and Minnesota Hospital Association President and CEO. “I commend Grand Itasca for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.”

About Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is a non-profit, 50-bed integrated hospital and clinic that employs over 600 people, including over 60 providers providing primary care such as Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine to specialty care such as Oncology and Urology.

About Minnesota Hospital Association
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 144 hospitals and health systems, which employ more than 113,000 people, provide quality care for patients and meet the needs of our communities.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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