Did you know at week 16 of your pregnancy your baby’s ears have developed and (s)he can hear you?
Wondering what’s happening this week in your pregnancy? Take a look at the week by week progression on MarchOfDimes.com.
Posted in Facts and Figures, In the News, March of Dimes, Pregnancy, Prematurity Awareness, tagged 39 weeks, alex nussbaum, bloomberg, c-sections, healthy babies are worth the wait, Pregnancy on July 13, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In today’s Bloomberg news, Alex Nussbaum writes about c-sections, early inductions and the high costs and risks associated with them. March of Dimes is among the organizations noted for working on making 39 weeks the earliest opportunity for delivery in a healthy pregnancy.
Our efforts here in Oregon for getting 34 birthing hospitals to put a hard stop on non-medically necessary inductions and c-sections prior to 39 weeks closes the article, along with a quote from our Director of Programs and Public Affairs, Joanne Rogovoy.
Posted in Facts and Figures, March of Dimes, Our Partners, Prematurity Awareness, tagged 39 weeks, elective c-sections, healthy babies are worth the wait, March of Dimes, Pregnancy on August 3, 2011 | 3 Comments »
Every week of pregnancy is crucial to a newborn’s health. On the heels of March of Dimes unveiling a new public education campaign, called “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait,” to raise awareness about the important development that occurs during those last few weeks, 17 Oregon hospitals have come together to agree to put a “hard stop” on elective non-medically necessary inductions and C-sections before 39 weeks gestation by September 1, 2011.
“A ‘hard stop’ means that a Labor and Delivery Unit receiving a request to schedule a delivery by either labor induction or C-section without documented medical necessity will simply say ‘no’, and the patient will not be admitted or scheduled,” explained Dr. Duncan Neilson, VP Surgical Specialties at Legacy Health. “A list of approved medical reasons for early delivery will be available to all schedulers and will be updated as needed by the medical leadership of the program.”
Out of the 53 birthing hospitals in the state, the 17 agreeing to the “hard stop” by September 1st delivered over 22,600 babies between them in 2010; making up 49.4% of all Oregon births that year.
“This level of voluntary cooperation among obstetric providers and hospitals is unprecedented in the state of Oregon, and reflects the high level of consensus and commitment to this important project,” said Dr. Neilson.
Research has shown that a baby’s brain nearly doubles in weight in the last few weeks of pregnancy, and important lung, liver and kidney development also occurs at this time. Ten percent of all infants experienced complications when born electively before 39 weeks, and the risk of death is nearly double for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy, when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.
“With more babies being born at 39 and 40 weeks of gestation instead of 36, 37, or 38 weeks, we should see a large number of complications decrease in babies including: respiratory distress, need for admission to neonatal intensive care, and jaundice,” said Dr. Aaron Caughey, Chair of the OB/GYN Department at Oregon Health & Science University.
March of Dimes Greater Oregon Chapter, in conjunction with the Oregon Health Leadership Council, is issuing a community challenge to all remaining hospitals in the state to join the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait campaign by committing to a “hard stop” on all elective non-medically necessary deliveries prior to 39 weeks.
The 17 hospitals already committed to this effort are: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), the hospitals of Providence Health and Services, the hospitals of Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente, Tuality Health Care, and Adventist Medical Center.
“In order to be successful, our patients are going to need to understand the value in avoiding early term elective deliveries,” said Dr. Mark Tomlinson of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. “The community-wide collaboration will emphasize the importance of the message as well as facilitate broad spreading of the information.”
“The March of Dimes campaign, Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait, encourages women to allow labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy and aims to dispel the myth that it’s completely safe to schedule a delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy without a medical need,” said Joanne Rogovoy, State Director of Program Services and Public Affairs for March of Dimes Greater Oregon Chapter.
Babies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life. Here’s why babies need 39 weeks:
As part of Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait March of Dimes will send each hospital agreeing to a “hard stop” patient information and education materials about the risks of delivering prior to 39 weeks.
Information about the new Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait educational campaign can be found at marchofdimes.com/39weeks.
For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. For free access to national, state, county and city-level maternal and infant health data, visit PeriStats, at marchofdimes.com/PeriStats.
Posted in Facts and Figures, In the News, March of Dimes, Pregnancy, tagged denied insurance, health insurance, March of Dimes, maternity coverage, pre-existing condition, Pregnancy, special needs child on March 9, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
If you’ve been denied health insurance coverage due to pregnancy or having a child with special health needs, your story may be helpful in shaping legislation.
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee, Oversight Subcommittee is planning a hearing for March 23 on the issues of maternity coverage and pre-existing condition exclusions. In preparation, March of Dimes is gathering examples to be read at the hearing.
If you or someone you know fits one of the profiles below and would be willing to share their story please have them contact Joanne Rogovoy at our Portland office at 503-222-9434 ext. 14 or email@example.com