Don't Rush Me . . . Go the Full 40: AWHONN's Public Health Campaign Promotes Spontaneous Labor and Normal Birth to Reduce Overuse of Inductions and Cesareans

J Perinat Educ. Fall 2013;22(4):189-93. doi: 10.1891/1058-1243.22.4.189.


Don't Rush Me . . . Go the Full 40 is a grassroots public health campaign from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) that educates women about the physiologic benefits of full-term pregnancy for themselves and their babies. seeks to increase the percentage of women who complete at least 40 weeks of pregnancy, decrease the percentage of women who choose elective induction or elective cesarean surgery, and increase nurses' and other pregnancy-care providers' effectiveness in reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean surgeries. Childbirth educators and other pregnancy providers are asked to share the campaign with women in preconception and prenatal settings to encourage waiting for spontaneous labor leading to full-term births when all is healthy and well with the mother and fetus.

Keywords: cesarean surgery; elective cesarean; elective induction; spontaneous labor.