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March of Dimes seeks to help pregnant women with new initiative

(Source: Derron Daquano/WAFB) (Source: Derron Daquano/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Hospitals across Louisiana are taking a pledge to help bring healthier babies with help from a statewide initiative.

It's called the Go the Full 40 Initiative, and it's a push from the Department of Health and Hospitals in partnership with the March of Dimes.

Initiative leaders are asking hospitals across the state to put an end to induced labor that isn't medically necessary before the 39 week mark. Representatives say that unnecessarily induced labor is not just a bad idea, but it can also cause serious complications.

"C-sections are painful," says Birth Outcomes Initiative Director Dr. Rebekah Gee, "C-sections cause complications and C-sections are likely responsible for the first uptick in American history that we've seen with mom's dying more in pregnancy than they ever have before."

About 10 Louisiana hospitals have already taken the pledge. That list includes Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge and the Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.

More information about the go the full 40 initiative can be found HERE.

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