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Release Date: 07/15/2015

Valery Danilack, MPH, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and recent doctoral student at the Brown University School of Public Health, received an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) Student Prize Paper Award for her submission entitled “Development of a risk prediction model for cesarean delivery after labor induction.” The award was announced at the SPER Annual Meeting, June 15-16 in Denver, CO.

Pregnant women are often concerned if labor induction will end in cesarean delivery, but this outcome is not easy to predict, especially before labor has started. Dr. Danilack and her team studied individual and pregnancy characteristics among 51,327 women who had labor inductions at 14 member hospitals in the National Perinatal Information Center, Inc. from 2007 to 2012.

The best model to predict cesarean delivery after labor induction had a combination of 10 characteristics, including maternal age, race, prior birth, gestational age, and several conditions of pregnancy. Knowing these 10 characteristics, a risk score from 0 to 1 that represents the risk of cesarean delivery after labor induction could be calculated. Among women predicted to have the lowest risk, only four percent actually had cesarean delivery, and among women predicted to have the highest risk, 93 percent had cesarean delivery.

“These results are important because knowing if an individual woman’s risk of cesarean delivery after labor induction is high or low is informative for patients undergoing labor induction and useful for labor care,” explained Dr. Danilack of her findings.

About the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER)

SPER is an organization of individuals from a wide variety of disciplines who share a common interest: the epidemiology of pregnancy, infancy and childhood. The objective of the Society is to foster pediatric and perinatal epidemiologic research. This research includes the study of any factors that influence maternal health and the health and development of children, from their conception through their adolescence

About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women's medicine, Women & Infants is the 11th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with approximately 8,400 deliveries per year. A U.S.News 2014-15 Best Children's Hospital in Neonatology and 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened the country's largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation's only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation's only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute's Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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