March of Dimes Recognizes Methodist Charlton for Its Work to Give More Babies a Healthy Start in Life

banner imageMethodist Charlton has been recognized by the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective inductions and caesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy, which has contributed to improving birth outcomes. A banner was presented by Comerica Bank, a sponsor of the program.

The banner recognition program is a part of March of Dimes Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait initiative. The foundation has encouraged women and their health care providers to avoid scheduling an early elective delivery before at least 39 weeks of pregnancy. Based on quality improvement programs at hospitals, there has been dramatic reduction in early elective deliveries. Other factors driving improvement of preterm birth rates are fewer women smoking, and improved access to maternity care.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that early elective deliveries are associated with increased maternal and neonatal complications for both mothers and newborns compared to deliveries occurring after 39 weeks.

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.

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Lynette Wilkinson
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214.947.7460
lynettewilkinson@mhd.com