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Capital Regional Medical Center Recognized by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the March of Dimes for Reducing Early Elective Deliveries

Tallahassee, FL – Capital Regional Medical Center was honored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District XII (Florida) and the March of Dimes for reducing the number of early elective inductions and cesarean deliveries with a special recognition banner. To qualify for this distinction, Capital Regional Medical Center met the criteria, which includes a rate for elective deliveries before 39 weeks of five percent or lower. As well as their policies in place to prevent such deliveries.

“We're proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who tackled this issue in our community and established policies to avoid scheduling deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Brian Cook, President & CEO, Capital Regional Medical Center.

“We are delighted to present this commemorative banner to Capital Regional Medical Center for adhering to standards that directly benefit the health of babies,” said Dr. Karen Harris, Chair of the Program Services Committee for the March of Dimes Florida Chapter. “The last few weeks of pregnancy are extremely important for the baby's brain and lung development, among other organs, so we want to commend this momentous achievement.”

“Studies have shown that deliveries that are scheduled for convenience or other non-medical reasons may increase harm to infants, increase health care costs, and worsen medical outcomes,” said Dr. Robert Yelverton, Chair of ACOG District XII. “We are extremely pleased with Capital Regional's participation.”

Reducing early elective deliveries and improving the health of moms and babies is just one of the key focus areas of the March of Dimes and the “Healthy Babies Are Worth The Wait” campaign. In an average week in Florida, 549 babies are born preterm and 29 die before their first birthday, many times as a result of their early births. Early elective deliveries can cause lifelong health challenges for the baby, including breathing difficulty, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants.

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