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Reducing Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks (1 credit Video)

Media Type: Online Continuing Medical Education (Internet/Enduring Material)

Price: $0.00

LAMMICO is proud to partner with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) by presenting this CME activity to physicians and hospitals. This activity is offered as a tool in the DHH’s Birth Outcomes Project to aid in the common goal of reducing elective deliveries before 39 weeks’ gestation. This Louisiana project is in concert with the national March of Dimes initiative.


Target Audience: All providers of obstetrical care, including obstetricians and gynecologists, Family Medicine physicians, CNMs, NPs, RNs, and L&D units.

Original Release Date: July 12, 2011
Review Date: July 15, 2015
Expiration Date: July 15, 2016

Description: Newborn infants are at risk for critical illness, intensive care requiring separation from the mother, long-term deficits and developmental delay when delivered early.  Parents are anguished over their baby’s suffering, and are crushed with guilt feelings when delivery before 39 weeks was by choice—and not medically necessary or indicated. Whenever there is harm to the baby, practitioners are at increased risk of malpractice claims. Evidence and professional recommendations against elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks have been available for decades, and yet these elective procedures have increased, with some facility rates over 40%.  This Internet CME activity will address the barriers to reducing these elective early deliveries, describe the elements of programs that have been successful in doing so, and give practitioners the tools to reduce elective deliveries before 39 weeks in their own practices and facilities.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to

  1. Compare outcomes of deliveries at 37-38 weeks gestation with 39-40 weeks
  2. Describe the relationship between adverse events and medical malpractice claims
  3. Identify barriers to reducing elective deliveries before 39 weeks
  4. State key elements of programs that reduced elective deliveries before 39 weeks

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 7 out of 10 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

CME Information - Read

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. 

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0

MOC Approval Statement

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, Reducing Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) and/or an MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity for the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Family Medicine

Note: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement (only). Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.

State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure:  The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Speakers: Kenneth E. Brown, MD, MBA, FACOG

Katy Caraway, JD - Read full bios

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 855/464-7475 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2011

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