Of hospitals that responded to the Leapfrog Group’s recent survey regarding early elected delivery rates, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) was one of only three sites in Texas that reported having a zero percent rate for non-medically indicated early births between 37 and 39 weeks.
State-wide, responding hospitals reported having early elective delivery dates for an average of 18.3 percent of births, compared to 11.2 percent nationally.
“Important fetal development takes place during the last few weeks of a woman’s pregnancy, so if there is no medical reason for induction or cesarean section before 39 weeks, it’s best to let the baby stay in the womb full term,” CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck said.
The only other two Texas hospitals that were recognized by the Leapfrog Group for zero percent non-medical early elective delivery rates were St. David’s North Austin Medical Center and University Health System in San Antonio.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, began reporting hospital early elective delivery rates in 2010.
According to the Leapfrog Group, early elective deliveries can be dangerous, resulting in NICU admissions, increased length of stay and higher costs to patients and payors.
Last year, the Leapfrog Group also recognized CTMC for being among 720 hospitals that received an “A” for their Hospital Safety ScoreSM.
The score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.
Those who would like more information about delivering at the CTMC Women’s Center may schedule a tour by calling (512)753-3528. CT
MC’s fourth annual BabyFest event will take place on July 28. Keep checking www.ctmc.org  as details unfold.