Lonesome Pine Hospital honored for protecting newborns’ health

Lonesome Pine Hospital has been honored for its efforts to stop early elective deliveries by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

An early elective delivery is defined as giving birth without a medical reason before 39 weeks of gestation. Extensive research has shown babies born after at least 39 weeks of gestation – which is now considered full term – are healthier than babies born sooner:

  • Have better developed organs, especially their brains and lungs
  • Are less likely to have breathing problems as a newborn
  • Are less likely to be admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit
  • Eat better and generally thrive

The Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association initiated a nationwide program to stop early elective deliveries about a year ago.

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