Thursday, January 27, 2011

Too Many Babies Being Delivered Early for No Good Reason: Report

By Katherine Hobson
At some U.S. hospitals, upwards of 40% of babies are born via elective early deliveries — that is, inducing labor or doing an early C-section before 39 weeks into the pregnancy for no medical reason.

These stats come courtesy of the Leapfrog Group — a coalition of health-benefit purchasers aiming to improve health-care safety, quality and affordability — which today put out a new report calling on expectant moms to request the rates of early elective delivery from hospitals in their area.

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