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Community Health Needs Assessment

Pregnancy and delivery care

By providing care to pregnant women that follows best practices, hospitals and doctors can improve chances for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.
  • Guidelines developed by doctors and researchers say it’s best to wait until the 39th completed week of pregnancy to deliver your baby because important fetal development takes place in your baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
  • Sometimes women go into early labor on their own, and early deliveries can’t be prevented. Sometimes, doctors decide that inducing labor or delivering a baby early by C-section (called "elective delivery”) is in the best interest of the mother and the baby. In these cases, early deliveries are medically necessary.
  • However, doctors may also decide to induce labor or deliver babies by C-section early as a convenience to themselves or their patient. This practice is not recommended. Hospitals should work with doctors and patients to avoid early elective deliveries when they are not medically necessary.
Pregnancy and delivery care Measures
( Lower is Better )

Measures
Performance Total
Performance Target
Graph & Details
Measure: Percent of newborns whose deliveries were scheduled too early (1-3 weeks early), when a scheduled delivery was not medically necessary
Performance Total: 0 %
Performance Target: 0 %