It isn’t too late to sign the March of Dimes Petition for Preemies! I won’t take the link down until they take the petition off of their website. If you haven’t already, please click on the pink button up there on the sidebar and add your name. Then, send a link to everyone you know and ask them to sign as well. They’ve gotten 93,000 signatures so far. I’d love to see that count break one million by the end of the month.
Petition for Preemies
1. 1. We urge the federal government to increase support for prematurity-related research and data collection as recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Surgeon General’s Conference on the Prevention of Preterm Birth, to:
* (a) identify the causes of premature birth;
* (b) test strategies for prevention;
* (c) improve the care, treatment and outcomes of preterm infants;
* (d) and better define and track the problem of premature birth.
2. 2. We urge federal and state policymakers to expand access to health coverage for women of childbearing age and to support smoking cessation programs as part of maternity care.
3. 3. We call on hospitals and health care professionals to voluntarily assess c-sections and inductions that occur prior to 39 weeks gestation to ensure consistency with professional guidelines*.
4. 4. We call on businesses to create workplaces that support maternal and infant health.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that, unless medically indicated, scheduled deliveries should be after 39 weeks. This is because biological variations and uncertainties in estimating the beginning of a pregnancy introduces inaccuracies when assigning the due date. Preterm birth rates can be reduced by performing scheduled deliveries after 39 weeks.