Be aware of gestational age when choosing elective caesarean delivery.
Check out the March of Dimes article: Why the Last Weeks of Pregnancy Count, and view Dr. Sandy Cohen as he talks about potential health issues for babies delivered prior to 39 weeks via elective caesarean. Watch Video
If you would like information on how often your delivery hospital schedules early cesarean sections and inductions visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/for_consumers/tooearlydeliveries. The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization that compares hospitals on national standards of safety and quality, asked hospitals to voluntarily report their rate of early scheduled deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. The rates for all reporting or participating hospitals can be found on The Leapfrog Group’s website: http://www.leapfroggroup.org/for_consumers/tooearlydeliveries.
As a soon-to-be mother, we urge you to choose a hospital that adheres to care guidelines that promote a healthy outcome for both you and your baby. Remember, information voluntarily reported by hospitals can be used as a guide but should only be one of many factors you consider when choosing a place to deliver your baby. We recommend you talk with your physician about your particular circumstances and discuss when and where to delivery your baby.
Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
UnitedHealthcare and the March of Dimes are proud to work together in promoting healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Click on this link to learn about the March of Dimes and the difference it makes in the health of mothers and babies throughout the world. www.marchofdimes.com
La Leche League is an international organization that supports breast-feeding. Their website www.llli.org has breast-feeding information, resources and links to find support in your area.
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