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March of Dimes Recognizes Saint Mary’s For Reducing Early Elective Delivery Rates.

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Hospital honored as part of the “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign.

(Reno, Nev.) - Saint Mary’s Health Network has been recognized by March of Dimes for giving babies a healthier start at life by reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries (EED) performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. Saint Mary’s is the only hospital in northern Nevada to earn this distinction. A special recognition banner is now displayed at the regional medical center, commending hospital physicians and nurses for the achievement.

Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants, according to March of Dimes. Although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities. Babies who survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities.

“We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who put these policies in place to avoid scheduling C-sections or inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Katie Grimm, CNO of Saint Mary’s Health Network. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to promote healthier life and birth outcomes for mothers and babies throughout northern Nevada.”

“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 Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, PhD, March of Dimes Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “We commend Saint Mary’s for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.”

March of Dimes has been getting out the word that “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.” This campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 weeks. As part of the campaign, March of Dimes offers both professional and consumer education materials about the critical importance of a full-term pregnancy to the health and well-being of babies.


About Saint Mary’s Health Network: Saint Mary’s based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary’s offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region’s only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit

About March of Dimes: Each year nearly 4,000,000 babies are born in the United States and March of Dimes touches each one of them through research, education, support, and advocacy. March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Find out how you can help prevent premature birth and birth defects by visiting or