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Evidence has shown that early delivery prior to 39 weeks of gestation can result in the need for neonatal intensive care admission, cesarean delivery and increased hospital stay for the mother. Delivery at 39 weeks or later reduces the risk of complications and extended hospital stays.
This measure assesses patients with elective vaginal deliveries or elective cesarean sections at greater than or equal to 37 weeks and less than 39 weeks of gestation completed.
Why is this important?
When babies are delivered after 39 completed weeks of gestation both mother and newborn have a reduced risk of complication.
CURRENT DATA COLLECTION
Virtua Data Range: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
National Data Range: Oct. 1, 2015 - Sep. 30, 2016