Perinatal Care

Perinatal Care Indicators
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These measures are new as of January 2013

average (01/16-06/16)
Brunswick average
Georgia average*
Number of records reviewed for these indicators during time period 168cases 168 cases    
Early Elective Deliveries
(lower number is better)
0% 0% 3% 4%
Antenatal Steriod
(higher number is better)
0% - 2 cases 0% - 1 case Not available Not available
Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding
(lhigher number is better)
48% 38% Not available Not available

* Georgia and US average percentages are delayed 6-7 months

What does this indicator mean?

Early Elective Deliveries – The percentage (%) of patients with elective vaginal deliveries or elective cesarean sections at >= 37 and < 39 weeks of gestation completed. If delivery prior to 39 weeks is done without a medical reason, the newborn can be at higher risk of requiring admission to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Antenatal Steriod – The percentage (%) of patients at risk of preterm delivery at >=24 and <32 weeks gestation receiving antenatal steroids prior to delivering preterm newborns. Treatment should consist of two doses of 12 mg of betamethasone given intramuscularly 24 hours apart or four doses of 6 mg dexamethasone given intramuscularly every 12 hours. A full course of antenatal corticosteroids should be administered to women with premature rupture of membranes (PROM) before 32 weeks of gestation to reduce the risks of respiratory distress syndrome, prenatal mortality, and other morbidities.

Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding – The percentage (%) of newborns who were fed breast milk only since birth.Exclusive breast milk feeding for the first 6 months of neonatal life has long been the expressed goal of World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).