Elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of gestation can pose both short-term and long-term health risks for the newborn. See ACOG's resources and links to other national and provider efforts to help reduce unnecessary deliveries prior to 39 completed weeks.
Initiative to Reduce Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks of Pregnancy
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has launched its first national education campaign, the National Child and Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP). The website includes content for health care providers and for moms-to-be, as well as background about the initiative and materials that can be shared on social media.
CME/CE Course on “The Redefinition of Term Pregnancy” Available on Medscape (log-in required)
Recent Declines in Induction of Labor by Gestational Age
The NIH has released a report that shows after nearly after nearly 20 years of consecutive increases, induction of labor for singleton births reached a high of 23.8% in 2010, then declined in 2011 (23.7%) and 2012 (23.3%).
Decline in Early Elective Deliveries Across the United States
There has been a decline in babies delivered before 39 weeks. Figures from 2010 indicate that 17% of babies in the United States were delivered before 39 weeks. Through advocacy from ACOG and other organizations, it was reported that in 2013 that percentage had plummeted to 4.6%