Desert Regional Medical Center has been recognized by Aetna Health Management for its commitment to infant safety by establishing safety guidelines for elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks.
Desert Regional’s Women and Infants Center qualified for this recognition by adhering to internal near-term birth practices established seven years ago.
“Since 2005, Desert Regional Medical Center has opted not to perform elective deliveries under 39 weeks, since, deliveries as close to term as possible result in fewer complications and health problems for mother and baby,” said Stefanie Sonico, Director of Perinatal Services at Desert Regional Medical Center.
After completing and qualifying for Aetna’s Elective Delivery Infant Safety Guidelines Hospital Survey, Desert Regional Medical Center is now identified as an “Elective Delivery Infant Safety Program” facility on Aetna’s online DocFind database.
Desert Regional Medical Center houses the Coachella Valley’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has a Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation from the World Health Organization for maintaining an optimal level of care for lactation.