Rethinking Early Childbirth
Hospitals Crack Down on Convenience Deliveries

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The day when doctors and mothers-to-be schedule early deliveries may be coming to an end. Hospitals are cracking down on a practice that many practitioners and pregnant women have favored because of the convenience factor. But studies have demonstrated that the practice can be harmful to newborns, and inevitably drives up hospital costs. Some hospitals are telling doctors they'll have to go elsewhere if they want to schedule an early delivery.


Dramatic gains by California hospitals in reducing early deliveries

Some California hospitals are dramatically reducing early elective deliveries of babies, saying that scheduling births for convenience must end. Citing dangers for both mother and child, these hospitals are prohibiting doctors from scheduling...

San Bernardino leads in reducing early childbirth

The practice of scheduling early childbirths for convenience has nearly disappeared at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center since the hospital started cracking down three years ago. Last year, Pomona Valley tallied 35 elective deliveries between...

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Feds announce plan to reduce early elective births

Now the feds are jumping in. This morning, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a national campaign to reduce elective deliveries of babies before 39 weeks of pregnancy, saying the effort will improve care and save millions.

Rethinking the definition of "term" pregnancy

Obstetricians hear it from their pregnant patients all the time: My back hurts. I’m swollen. I’m exhausted. Get this baby out of me! “Why do I have to wait for 39 weeks if 37 is good enough?” some have asked Elliott Main, chairman of the ob-gyn...

Small hospitals targeting early births, too

Not all of the California hospitals cracking down on early elective births are urban behemoths that deliver thousands of babies a year. Small ones are taking action, too.


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