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Phoebe recognized for reducing early elective deliveries

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Phoebe Putney and Sumter Womens and Childrens Services were recognized for reducing the number of early elective deliveries on Wednesday.

They were given a banner for their work.

Doctors say many women decide to have a baby early for a number of reasons, like convenience or to have the baby on a special date.

But March of Dimes studies show that decision can hamper a baby's development.

"It's really important for women to know the longer you stay pregnant the better outcome your babies will have," said Julie Zaharatos with March of Dimes. "Let your baby come on his or her own."

"It's been proven that there is a significant amount of brain development between 35 and 39 weeks," added Phoebe Medical Director Bill Sewell.

Phoebe officials say only 4 or 5 hospitals in the state have received this recognition.

They hope it will get the word out to expectant mothers that they shouldn't schedule elective early deliveries.

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