More Louisiana hospitals adopting 39 Week movement

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 5:44pm

There's a new movement in Louisiana to keep mothers from delivering their babies too early.

The 39 Week initiative eliminates early inductions and Cesarian sections, when it's not medically necessary.

Woman's hospital made the switch back in 2007, and admissions into their neonatal intensive care units are down. Leaders with the state hope that trend will continue, with more hospitals adopting the policy.

Right now, Louisiana ranks 49 in birth outcomes and infant mortality.
Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstien said he was embarrassed when the state's report card on health was released.

Greenstien says the 39 Week initiative is a huge step to improve the grade, and the health, of Louisiana's next generation.

So far, 20 of the state’s largest hospitals have signed on. Those hospitals deliver two-thirds of the babies born in Louisiana.

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