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March of Dimes Recognizes Mena Regional Health System

[MENA] Mena Regional Health System 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, the March of Dimes says.

The Arkansas Hospital Association and the March of Dimes this year partnered in their campaign urging women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy. The organizations recently presented Mena Regional Health System with a banner signifying its dedication to reducing early elective deliveries. “We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who recognized this problem in our community and put in place policies to avoid scheduling elective inductions or cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary” said Tim Bowen, Mena Regional Health System, CEO. “The last weeks of pregnancy are important. Babies aren’t just putting on weight. They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs.” says Scott Berns, MD, MPH, senior vice president and deputy medical director for the March of Dimes. “I commend Mena Regional Health System for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.”

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