Louisiana is Going the Full 40
Louisiana is joining Association for Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses' (AWHONN) Go the Full 40 initiative in partnership with the March of Dimes and the Louisiana Hospital Association. On this page, you can learn about why women should wait for natural labor to occur instead of scheduling an early induction and find links visitor to additional information and resources on AWHONN's official Go the Full 40 Website.
This page also hosts the pledge being signed by the leadership and an obstetrical physician champion at each participating hospital. If you are the employee of a hospital or other birthing center, or even a medical practitioner who advises women during pregnancy, we urge you to review the pledge and join us in helping ensure more Louisiana mothers go the full 40.
Resources for Hospital Leadership:
Pledge Letter: At the following link, you will find the letter sent by LDH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. It contains information about going the full 40 and the pledge we are urging hospital leadership to take. Again, if you are the employee of a hospital or other birthing center, or even a medical practitioner who advises women during pregnancy, we urge you to review the pledge and join us in helping ensure more Louisiana mothers go the full 40.
Research and Information on the benefits of full-term pregnancy:
- Contemporary Cesarean Delivery Practice in the United States
- Clark, S. L., Miller, D. D., Belfort, M. A., Dildy, G. A., Frye, D. K., & Meyers, J. A. (2009). Neonatal and maternal Outcomes associated with elective term delivery. AmericanJournal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 200, 156.e1-156.e4.
- Consumer Reports. (2012). What to reject when you're expecting:10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy.
- Lothian, J. A. (2006). Saying "no" to induction. Journal ofPerinatal Education, 15(2), 43-45.
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee Opinion on Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request
- Don't Rush Me . . . Go the Full 40: AWHONN's Public Health Campaign Promotes Spontaneous Labor and Normal Birth to Reduce Overuse of Inductions and Cesareans
Information and Resources on Go the Full 40
Go the Full 40 main website: This website contains more information about going the full 40, including 40 reasons why doing so is the best option for both mother and baby.
Go the Full 40 toolkit: This toolkit contains information and easily shareable resources for advocates who want to help promote going the full 40 in their hospital, church, or local community.
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