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MARCH OF DIMES RECOGNIZES SAINT MARY’S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR ITS WORK TO GIVE MORE BABIES A HEALTHY START IN LIFE

MARCH OF DIMES RECOGNIZES SAINT MARY’S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR ITS WORK TO GIVE MORE BABIES A HEALTHY START IN LIFE

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center has reduced the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. This will give more babies a healthy start in life, allowing more time for development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs, the March of Dimes says.

“We are proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who recognized the need to reduce unnecessary early deliveries in our hospital, and over the past several years we have put in place policies to avoid scheduling C-sections or inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Bre Taylor, Director of Maternal Child Services for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

March of Dimes is partnering with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services; Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the Nevada Hospital Association to recognize Nevada birthing hospitals that pledge to eliminate early elective deliveries.

March of Dimes has been getting out the word that “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.” This campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 weeks.

Find out how you can help prevent premature birth and birth defects by visiting marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.

Learn more about Saint Mary’s birthing services at SaintMarysReno.com/LaborandDelivery.

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About Saint Mary’s Health Network: Saint Mary’s based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary’s offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer, robust surgical and orthopedic services, and award-winning Cardiology program and more. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit www.SaintMarysReno.com.

About March of Dimes: Each year nearly 4,000,000 babies are born in the United States and March of Dimes touches each one of them through research, education, support, and advocacy. March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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