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Halifax Health is partnering with the March of Dimes to lower the number of babies born too soon at the hospital.
Halifax Health is among 100 hospitals nationwide selected by the March of Dimes to receive its Quality Improvement Service Package, which instructs the hospital in creating and implementing policies to reduce medically unnecessary (elective) inductions and cesarean deliveries scheduled before 39 weeks of pregnancy.
"Every week of pregnancy is important to a baby's health," said Dr. Scott Berns, senior vice president and deputy medical director for the March of Dimes. "I commend Halifax Health for being a champion for babies and through this partnership will help more babies go full-term if the pregnancy is healthy. Working together on this very important quality initiative, we believe Halifax Health will help us make significant strides in eliminating early elective deliveries."
"We're proud to partner with the March of Dimes to give more babies a healthy start in life," said Bonnie Wittman, service line administrator for Halifax Health-Center Women & Infant Health. "And, we're proud of our expert team of physicians and the work they are doing to avoid scheduling elective inductions or caesarean deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy."
The service package is part the March of Dimes "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait" campaign.
It includes professional and consumer education materials about the importance of a full-term pregnancy and the critical development of the brain, lungs and other organs that occur during the last weeks of pregnancy.