June 24, 2013

Corpus Christi Medical Center Recognized for Its Work to Give More Babies a Health Start in Life.

Corpus Christi Medical Center Recognized for Its Work to Give More Babies a Healthy

Start in Life.

Bay Area Hospital Supports Initiatives for Healthier Babies and Reducing Early Deliveries Rates Prior to 39 Weeks of Gestation.

Corpus Christi Medical Center - Bay Area Hospital has been recognized by the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective inductions and caesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy.  According to studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Bay Area and other hospitals that institute policies to eliminate non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks' gestation may have a positive impact on fetal outcomes. 

“The success of Corpus Christi Medical Center significantly decreasing preventable deliveries prior to 39 weeks is attributed to the obstetricians at Bay Area Hospital valuing the importance of adopting this initiative.  We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses for providing high quality patient care to South Texas,” stated Jay Woodall, Chief Executive Officer at Corpus Christi Medical Center.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that early elective deliveries are associated with increased maternal and neonatal complications for both mothers and newborns compared to deliveries occurring after 39 weeks. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants.

“Corpus Christi Medical Center’s reduction rate of early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks ensures that more mothers receive safe, evidenced-base care; the decrease in early deliveries may have a positive effect in an infant’s development. During the last few weeks of pregnancy, babies continue to grow and develop vital organs which is essential to their health,” said Heather Butscher, LMSW, Director of Program Services for the March of Dimes Corpus Christi. “I commend Corpus Christi Medical Center- Bay Area Hospital and the team of doctors and nurses who have worked together to prevent potential long-term effects of delivering a health pregnancy before 39 weeks.”

Through Think 39, a locally driven partnership with delivering hospitals, NICUs, and maternal child health care providers, the March of Dimes has been getting out the word in the Coastal Bend that “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait” The campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. More information on this initiative is available at marchofdimes.com/39weeks.

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