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Pregnancy and Delivery Care

By providing care to pregnant women that follows best practices, hospitals and doctors can improve chances for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

This measure shows the percentage of pregnant women who had elective deliveries 1-3 weeks early (either vaginally or by C-section) whose early deliveries were not medically necessary. Higher numbers may indicate that hospitals aren’t doing enough to discourage this unsafe practice.

Hospital Discharges 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014

Percent of Newborns Whose Deliveries Were Scheduled Too Early (1-3 Weeks Early), When A Scheduled Delivery Was Not Medically Necessary

Billings Clinic 3%
State of Montana Avg 7%
United States Avg 4%

Guidelines developed by doctors and researchers say it’s best to wait until the 39th completed week of pregnancy to deliver your baby because important fetal development takes place in your baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Sometimes women go into early labor on their own, and early deliveries can’t be prevented. Sometimes, doctors decide that inducing labor or delivering a baby early by C-section (called "elective delivery”) is in the best interest of the mother and the baby. In these cases, early deliveries are medically necessary.

However, doctors may also decide to induce labor or deliver babies by C-section early as a convenience to themselves or their patient. This practice is not recommended. Hospitals should work with doctors and patients to avoid early elective deliveries when they are not medically necessary.

This measure shows the percent of pregnancy women who had elective deliveries 1-3 weeks early (either vaginally or by C-section) who early deliveries were not medically necessary. Higher numbers may indicate that hospitals aren’t doing enough to discourage this unsafe practice.

The percentage includes only patients whose history and condition indicate the treatment is appropriate. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your treatment.

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