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Report: High rates of early elective delivery at some U.S. hospitals
USA Today

And there is tremendous variation in the rates documented by hospitals voluntarily reporting these “early elective induction” deliveries, even within the same community. In Los Angeles, for instance, the rates of babies delivered early without a good medical reason ranged from 4% to 29%. In Boston, the rates reported by different hospitals ranged from near zero to 27%. “This is the first real evidence that the practice of scheduling newborn deliveries without medical reasons is common and varies among hospitals,” said Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog Group, an employer-driven hospital quality watchdog group.

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