New Beginnings Birthing Center Participates in State Wide Initiative
New Beginnings Birthing Center of Wilkes Regional Medical Center is one of 60 hospitals in North Carolina taking part in a program aimed at reducing elective deliveries less than 39 weeks. The program: Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC) is a community of organizations and individuals committed to making NC the best place to be born. Babies born before 39 weeks have a higher risk of complications, many of those risks associated with premature birth. Electing to carry a baby past 39 weeks reduces these risks, giving the baby's body the opportunity to develop fully before birth. North Carolina is ranked in the lowest 10% in the US for infant mortality and has a 13.3% premature birth rate.
By implementing guidelines recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Joint Commission, the team at Wilkes Regional is increasing public awareness to the complications associated with having a premature baby. Partnering with the March of Dimes, the hospital is distributing brochures to patients that explain why the last weeks of pregnancy count. There are times when induction of labor is medically indicated, but reducing elective deliveries will significantly impact the number of newborns admitted to special care nurseries and decrease the mother’s risk of having a Cesarean Section.
As data is collected and strategies are shared, the members hope that the states current prematurity report card will improve from the current grade of an "F". The PQCNC team at New Beginnings is: Dr. Michele Polidoro, OB/GYN physician; Barbara Overby, Director of Performance Improvement; Kim Lovette, RNC, Charge Nurse; and Debbie Mitchell, RNC; Nurse Manager.