213058 Clinical Perspective of Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:59 AM

Diane M. Ashton, MD, MPH , Office of the Medical Director, March of Dimes, White Plains, NY
Three hospitals involved in the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait initiative have implemented quality improvement activities to reduce the occurrence of inductions and cesarean deliveries without medical indications prior to 39 weeks gestation based on the practice recommendations of ACOG. The outcomes of these QI activities will be presented focusing on changes in the rates of late preterm births and NICU admissions at the intervention hospitals. It is anticipated that those activities that are successful in reducing late preterm birth rates will serve as a model for future QI practice dissemination in other clinical settings.

Learning Objectives:
Objective: Discuss the implementation and results of relevant patient safety/quality improvement protocols to prevent late preterm births (e.g. discourage elective inductions/cesareans < 39 weeks)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be a presenter on the content that I am reponsible for because I am the co-PI for the program Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, a Medical Doctor (OBGYN), the Deputy Medical Director of the National March of Dimes, and have a Master's in Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.