Friday, March 21, 2014 - Program Results In Zero Early Elective Births At Broward Health Medical Center
Increased Risk Awareness Resulting in Fewer NICU Stays

Fort Lauderdale, FL – After implementing a targeted educational program for expectant families, Broward Health Medical Center is pleased to announce that the number of early elective births – that could have potential risks to the baby – has fallen to zero in the past 12 months.  

The last few weeks of pregnancy are critical to a baby’s health, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has recommended that elective inductions not be performed before 39 weeks. Women who are unaware of the risks may request an early delivery for a variety of reasons, including having their regular doctor present at the time of delivery, convenience in child care arrangements, and aversion to going into labor. Some of the risks of the early delivery include higher rates of respiratory and pulmonary problems, and admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“Our physicians and staff are committed to educating our mothers-to-be to help ensure healthier babies and reduced neonatal intensive care unit NICU stays,” said Tonia Royster, RNC and nurse manager of labor and delivery at Broward Health. “It is part of our ongoing commitment to improving care for our families and our community. I’m extremely proud of the progress we have made.”

In 2012, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center was selected by the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the March of Dimes as one of six medical centers in Florida to conduct a year-long program that targets the elimination of elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks of pregnancy. 

Broward Health Medical Center also recently expanded its maternity services to include the Maternity Place, 36 private maternity suites and three deluxe Empress Suites. All suites are equipped with luxurious shower facilities, plus a full-size bed with pillow-top mattress for dad or partner. Maternity Place also features private labor, delivery and recovery suites, neonatologists, perinatologists and obstetric anesthesiologists available during all shifts, as well as neonatal eye, hearing and congenital heart disease screenings for newborns. 

Broward Health, providing service for more than 75 years, is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class healthcare to all. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health International, Broward Health Urgent Care and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit


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