Early elective deliveries of babies were significantly reduced at hospitals that implemented quality-improvement programs, according to a new study.
These types of deliveries -- which include cesarean section and induction of labor without a medical reason -- fell 83 percent (from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent) in the 25 hospitals that took part in the year-long study.
The hospitals were located in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas. Together, these five states account for about 38 percent of all births in the United States.
The results are good news because babies delivered before full term are at increased risk for serious health problems and death in their first year, according to the March of Dimes, which partially funded the study.
Hospitals Work to Reduce Unnecessary Early Births
Great news! BTDT mamas- at what week of pregnancy were your other children born?