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Project helping mothers to avoid c-sections

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM
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The results are preliminary, and a larger study awaits publication in December in a national journal about patient quality initiatives. Early data show elective C-sections before 39 weeks of pregnancy fell to 6% from 24% of all births, and use of labor-induction drugs dropped to 7% from 20% of all births, according to data collected from March 2010 to March 2011.

The results support new thinking among obstetricians that babies and moms are healthier if labor-induction drugs aren't used before the 39th week of a normal 40-week-long pregnancy and C-sections are limited to medically necessary deliveries.

Waiting to deliver also helps ease labor because too often drugs used to induce childbirth intensify a woman's pain and the duration of her labor, said Dr. Charles Cash, Oakwood's obstetrics director and the doctor who initially suggested the initiative.

"If you wait until 39 weeks, your chances of a lengthy labor are less," he said.

The 3-year-old Michigan project is one of few of its kind in the nation and the most successful, so far, in getting all hospitals in a state to participate, said Sam Watson, executive director of the Keystone Project for Patient Safety & Quality, a division of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. The statewide trade organization has more than a half-dozen initiatives to improve quality of hospital care.

Cash hopes to get C-sections to 17% of births.

http://www.freep.com/article/20111108/NEWS06/111080412/Statewide-project-helps-mothers-avoid-C-sections

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