BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced a new 39 week initiative, to improve birth outcomes in the state. The initiative encourages hospitals and physicians not to allow elective deliveries before a woman is 39 weeks pregnant.
Woman’s hospital adopted the 39 week rule back in 2007, and has seen a 20% decrease in admissions to their neonatal intensive care unit. Baton Rouge mother, Pamela Rogers knows what it’s like, to welcome your baby into the world amidst a jumble of cords and monitors. Her son Park Billings was born 13 weeks premature in May and is still in the NICU.
Park’s delivery was an emergency and his prematurity is severe, compared to babies born after an elective delivery in the last month of pregnancy. Still, those babies are at higher risk of ending up in NICU, than babies born on time.
Now Pamela is sharing her story, to help other mothers realize the importance of following the 39 week initiative.