US hospitals are reducing early elective deliveries

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1417 (Published 4 March 2013)
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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Rates of early elective deliveries by induction and, in some cases, caesarean section are falling in US hospitals, shows a national survey.

The proportion of deliveries before 39 weeks fell from 17% in 2010 to 11.2% in 2012, found the survey, carried out by the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large corporations that buy healthcare benefits for their workers.1 The report was based on a survey …

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