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Quality Measures

Pregnancy and Delivery Care

By providing care to pregnant women that follows best practices, hospitals and doctors can improve chances for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

This measure shows the percent of pregnancy women who had elective deliveries 1-3 weeks early (either vaginally or by C-section) whose early deliveries were not medically necessary. Higher numbers may indicate that hospitals aren’t doing enough to discourage this unsafe practice.

Pregnancy & Delivery Care

Percent of mothers whose deliveries were scheduled too early (1-2 weeks early), when a scheduled delivery was not medically necessary

Jefferson Abington Hospital 2% *
Jefferson Lansdale Hospital Not Available **  ***
Pennsylvania Average 1% ****
National Average 2% ****

Lower percentages are better.

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Guidelines developed by doctors and researchers say it’s best to wait until the 39th completed week of pregnancy to deliver your baby because important fetal development takes place in your baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
  • Sometimes women go into early labor on their own, and early deliveries can’t be prevented. Sometimes, doctors decide that inducing labor or delivering a baby early by C-section (called “elective delivery”) is in the best interest of the mother and the baby. In these cases, early deliveries are medically necessary.
  • However, doctors may also decide to induce labor or deliver babies by C-section early as a convenience to themselves or their patient. This practice is not recommended. Hospitals should work with doctors and patients to avoid early elective deliveries when they are not medically necessary.

Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.
** Results are based on a shorter time period than required.
*** No cases met the criteria for this measure.
**** State and national averages include Department of Defense (DoD) hospital data.

Source: The information was provided from Hospital Compare (Data Collection period: 1/1/2018 through 12/31/2018), a quality tool developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. You may use the information in Hospital Compare together with the other information you gather about hospitals as you decide where to get hospital services. You may want to contact your health care provider, your State Survey Agency or your state Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for more information. If you have a complaint about the quality of the medical care you or a loved one received at a hospital, first contact the hospital's patient advocate. Or, contact your state QIO. If you have other complaints about a health care facility, contact your State Survey Agency. Additional information about hospitals may be found on the state websites.