JACKSON - Recently published, CMS data shows that Jackson-Madison County General Hospital reports the lowest percentage of pregnant women in the nation who had elective deliveries one - three weeks early (either vaginally or by C-section) that were not medically necessary.
Dr. Dave Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, said they were extremely proud to be recognized for the high quality of care provided and for the emphasis placed on quality and safety for moms and babies.
By providing care to pregnant women that follow best practices, hospitals and doctors improve chances for a safe delivery and a healthy baby. There are many health benefits for the mother and for baby to not have an elective delivery before 39 weeks. Mothers may experience shorter labors and may decrease their risk of a cesarean section. Babies are still growing and developing in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Their brain, lungs, and liver are still developing at week 39. Full-term babies are alert and ready to breastfeed and have improved weight gain.
The West Tennessee Women's Center, located on the third floor of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, delivers more than 3,000 babies annually and seeks to provide the finest health care to all women, children and their families.