What are we tracking and why?
We track the number of elective deliveries performed at our facility. An elective delivery is when a baby is delivered to a mother who:
- did not complete 39 weeks of pregnancy
- was not in labor
- had no medical complications
Elective deliveries are rare. We want to ensure the best outcome for our patients. Research shows that babies who are delivered after 39 weeks are less likely to have complications or require neonatal intensive care.
How are we doing?
Last year, we performed 1,268 deliveries. The chart below shows the percentage of elective deliveries within the last 4 quarters.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRB) and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital are referral centers for routine pregnancies and deliveries in the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market . WRB is the referral center for high-risk pregnancies and complicated deliveries.
What are we doing to improve?
We provide continual education to our residents, staff and subspecialists on the importance of gestational age and the timing of deliveries for improved outcomes.
All requests for elective deliveries are carefully reviewed. Any induction of labor that is scheduled before 39 weeks of pregnancy requires approval by an obstetrician. The Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine, or the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) provide guidance when there are any concerns or questions.
What can you do?
You and your baby are at the center of your care plan. A normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. Please do not request a delivery to be scheduled before completing 39 weeks.
If you go into labor before 39 weeks, contact your obstetrics provider. An early delivery may be recommended if you are in labor or have a medical indication.