Expectant Moms In Northern Colorado Will No Longer Have The Option Of An Elective C-Section Or Induction Before 39 Weeks.
Expectant moms in Northern Colorado will no longer have the option of an elective C-section or induction before 39 weeks.
Expectant moms in Northern Colorado will no longer have the option of an elective C-section or induction before 39 weeks. New policies at local hospitals prevent women choosing a delivery before 39 weeks, absent health conditions requiring it. "This decision, supported by the March of Dimes and other respected health-care organizations, will apply to nearly 30,000 deliveries in the 19 Banner hospitals that provide obstetrical care," a statement released by Banner Health said. "After reviewing the issue with physicians during the last six weeks, PVH recently established a policy that does not promote or allow nonmedical elective Caesarean deliveries or inducement before 39 weeks," said Gary Kimsey, spokesperson for Poudre Valley Health System. "If a woman has a medical need for a C-section, then we would perform the procedure." (Source) As I wrote about a few months ago, the March of Dimes conducted research that showed babies born at 39 weeks gestation or later have half the risk of dying. Although 37 weeks is considered full term, emerging research shows that babies born closer to 40 weeks gestation have better health outcomes. More hospitals are implementing policies about elective deliveries before 39 weeks. Back in December, some Florida hospitals took the option of elective deliveries before 39 weeks away from expectant moms. In September of last year, the National Institute of Health predicted the C-section rate was only going to rise. The Centers for Disease Control statistics showed that during 2008, there were more C-sections, but less births, in the United States. Finally, recent research has shown that higher C-section rates and better infant health are not linked. Given all of the research and information available about infant health and later term births, do you agree with the hospitals' decisions to prohibit elective C-sections and inductions before 39 weeks?