Rate of Babies Born Electively Before 39 Weeks Falls Dramatically Statewide, Including at Swedish

Rate of Babies Born Electively Before 39 Weeks Falls Dramatically Statewide, Including at Swedish

SEATTLE, May 9, 2012 - Washington state hospitals, physicians and expectant mothers have teamed up to deliver a dramatic increase in the number of babies born at full term – 39 weeks – instead of earlier in their pregnancies. They did this by rapidly changing established obstetric practices in place for many years. This change came about because of new research demonstrating the short- and long-term hazards of delivery prior to 39 weeks.

Swedish - along with every hospital in Washington state that has a childbirth center - has been taking part in this important initiative. The four Swedish campuses with childbirth centers (First Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah) achieved the best-practice goal for 2011 (7 percent or lower) and are on track to achieve the best-practice goal for 2012 (5 percent or lower). 

To read a news release about this initiative posted on the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) web site, which includes links to hospital-specific data and slides to the online press conference WSHA held, click here.

And for general information about pregnancy and childbirth services at Swedish, click here.

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