Hospitals work to reduce early elective births, help newborns thrive


Dr. David Szentes, obstetrician-gynecologist for Community Physician Network, examines Nineveh resident Kylie Browning during a regular checkup. Browning is 30 weeks pregnant. Part of the strategy for hospitals, including Community Health Network, to decrease early elective deliveries is regular education by their physicians as women get closer to their due date. Physicians are aiming to avoid any deliveries done before 39 weeks, unless for a medical reason. PHOTO BY RYAN TRARES

One of the great surprises of giving birth used to be guessing when the baby would be delivered.

Though women were given a due date when to expect their child to enter the world, delivery cannot be exactly predicted. Parents were left to wonder when.

But as medical technology has advanced, more women are opting to take the guesswork out of delivery. An increasing number of patients are asking their obstetricians to induce birth or schedule caesarean sections in advance of their due dates.

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