Oregon hospitals cut back induced births

| Print |  Email
Must Reads
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hospitals in Oregon have taken steps to cut back on the trend of inducing early birth for non-medical reasons.

Called "Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait," the program aims to curb a practice in which more mothers appear to be giving birth earlier than 39 weeks for reasons other than medical necessity, either through labor-inducing drugs or an elective cesarean delivery. Experts have long encouraged parents to wait 39 weeks before giving birth to avoid risks that include reduced brain function, lung problems or an increased infant mortality rate.

Now, rather than encouraging patients, hospitals in Portland and elsewhere in the state have embraced a "hard stop." They have stopped scheduling early deliveries unless a medical reason is given. And initial numbers suggest it may be having an effect.

In Oregon, the late preterm birth rate dropped from 9.9 percent in 2010 to 9.1 percent in 2011, second only to Vermont in rate of decline, according to the March of Dimes.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

{biztweet}induce birth{/biztweet}

 

More Articles

Transportation Fairness Alliance holds demonstration in Pioneer Square

The Latest
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
IMG 3367BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Portland's cab companies urged city hall for consideration as officials weigh new rules for Uber and other ridesharing companies.


Read more...

The Human Factor

February 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY BRIAN LIBBY

Matt French opens up South Waterfront.


Read more...

Political theater

News
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
0107-orbizplansum14-thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

The Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit drew more than 1,000 people to the Oregon Convention Center yesterday.


Read more...

Editor's Letter: Tortoise and the Hare

February 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015

The day after this issue goes to press, the city of Medford will host its annual business conference. The event features Minoli Ratnatunga, co-author of the Milken Institute’s annual “Best-Performing Cities” report. Preliminary data suggests that Medford is likely to retain its No. 1 ranking among best-performing small cities for having a higher concentration of high-tech firms than the national average. 


Read more...

7 industry trends of 2015

The Latest
Friday, January 09, 2015
covertrends15-thumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Industry groups identify top trends for 2015.


Read more...

Justice for All

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


Read more...

Labor Pains

February 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Thinking about starting an internship program? Be careful. Navigating unpaid internships can be tricky.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS