We are excited to be participating in the March of Dimes walk being held April 27, 2013! March of Dimes is a non-profit organization with a mission “to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.”
Babies born premature are put at risk for breathing difficulties, infections, cerebral palsy (learning disabilities), inability to regulate their body temperature to stay warm, vision problems, and hearing problems. A term pregnancy is considered 37 weeks gestational age and above, however it has been shown, that if possible, it’s best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks to give baby time for all of his/her organs to grow to their maximum potential.
Recently, more and more pregnancies have been induced for non-medical reasons (called an elective induction), but, even if a pregnancy has reached 39 weeks, it still may not be beneficial for mom or baby to be induced. Elective inductions may not work, requiring the baby to be delivered by a cesarean section. Babies born by cesarean section may have more breathing problems than babies born by vaginal delivery. Also, this puts the mom at risk for requiring a cesarean section in the next pregnancy. With each future cesarean section, the mom and baby are put at more risk. For these reasons, it is better to wait for mom to go into labor spontaneously rather than be induced, as long as the mom is healthy and the pregnancy is progressing well. Secondary to the benefits research has shown about spontaneous labor, it is our group policy to not do non-medical inductions.
Our doctors support the mission of March of Dimes and have seen the importance of keeping moms pregnant with their babies for as long as possible. Please help support March of Dimes and meet us out at the walk on April 27, 2013. The walk starts at 9:15 am and registration begins at 7:30 am. We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, please visit the March of Dimes website at www.marchofdimes.com.