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SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Featured in Advisory Board Daily Briefing

Christner client, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis was able to cut its cesarean section rate for first-time, low-risk mothers to just half of a national benchmark simply by being more patient with their patients, Jennifer Thew writes for HealthLeaders Media.  The hospital places no time limits on baby deliveries, and it does not perform elective inductions before 39 weeks of gestation. It also maintains a nurse-to-patient ratio that closely resembles the one-to-one ratio recommended by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. "That presence of the nurse to be able to support the mom in whatever kind of birth she's choosing is important," said Pam Lesser, the director of perinatal services at SSM Health St. Mary's. "(It) gives (the mom) the time and the support to get where she wants to be." 

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