For immediate release: August 25, 2015
Six University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) hospitals — University of Maryland Medical Center; University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center; University of Maryland Shore Medical Center; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center — were recognized by the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life, according to the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes partnered with the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Patient Safety Center to honor qualifying hospitals with a display banner depicting the hospital's commitment to quality of care for moms and babies.
The banner program is a component of the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign, which urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy.