How Choosing a Hospital May Save Your Child's Life

Not many people go into a pregnancy expecting their child to be at a low birth weight when they’re born. However, there are certain hospitals with the Magnet credential that can make a real difference if you know or find out that you’re at risk for preterm labor and birth.

Most people think of the NICU levels when they look for the right hospital. But a new study led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing finds that looking at hospitals that are Magnet certified can greatly increase a premature baby’s chances of survival.

“Babies born in Magnet hospitals had 13 percent lower odds of death within the first week of life, 14 percent lower odds of infection, and 12 percent lower odds of hemorrhage…”

When we found out I was pregnant again, we knew our changes of having preterm labor again were higher than had we not already gone through it. We chose a hospital in the area with the highest level of NICU care available even before we knew we were having identical twins.

A Magnet certification means that the staff and care they provide exceed expectations and increase chances of survival in the meantime. This can certainly be provided at hospitals nationwide that haven’t been provided a chance to receive Magnet certification, so look carefully at your choices.

With no Magnet hospitals near us, we chose a high level NICU with a great staff we trusted. But if you find one of the 393 are in your area, check it out. Concerned about low birth weight or not, it certainly won’t hurt anything to see if it might be the place for you and your child.

Make sure that overall, it’s a good fit for you and your wishes, if the doctor you might be seeing is able to deliver there. If you don’t feel comfortable or listened to at a hospital, all the credentials and certifications in the world won’t matter.


Diana blogs on more on raising a toddler daughter, a surprise twin pregnancy, being an Army wife, and her crazy life on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances.

Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter as @lifeasaSAHM and Facebook.

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