RIVER FALLS, Wis.
River Falls Area Hospital Birth Center nurses (left to right) Erika Schurtz, Julie McGary, Sally Ward, Patti O’Neill, Kelly Vaught, Brenda Singer, Corinne Schaefer, Marilyn Dittman, Karen Gresback are pictured with the March of Dimes / Minnesota Department of Health banner announcing the hospital’s success in reducing early elective deliveries of newborns.
River Falls Area Hospital is one of 12 Allina Health hospitals eligible to fly a March of Dimes Early Elective Delivery Recognition banner.
The hospitals have been recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association for success in reducing early elective deliveries in 2014. These hospitals had less than a five percent early elective delivery rate for four quarters, a hard stop policy with clearly defined medical indications for deliveries less than 39 weeks, and a process to monitor the scheduling of Cesarean sections and inductions of labor prior to 39 weeks gestational age.
The March of Dimes announced that River Falls Area Hospital was one of those to be recognized for the second straight year.
“Research demonstrates the benefit to newborns and mothers to wait for induction until after 39 weeks, unless there is a medical reason to induce,” said Julie McGary, manager of the River Falls Area Hospital Birth Center. “The providers here follow the national recommendations when inducing patients, which include no elective inductions before 39 weeks, because inducing labor earlier can have unintended outcomes.”
The determinations were made by reviewing the MHA Perinatal Safety Roadmap and Early Elective Delivery outcome data submitted to the Patient Safety Registry.
“This has been a system-wide effort for several years now. It has taken time to change expectations, but we are committed to the safety of mothers and babies The more time that babies have in the womb, the less likely they will need to be delivered surgically and require advanced care,” said Lisa Saul, MD, president of the Allina Health Mother Baby Clinical Service Line.