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New Guidance on the Timing of Medically Indicated Births Before 39 Weeks Gestation

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RN, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: March/April 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 136
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182450e25
ONGOING COLUMN: Perinatal Patient Safety

Nurses should review the new guidelines on the timing of medically indicated births before 39 weeks and work with members of the perinatal team to incorporate the suggestions into unit policies.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, MO, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.