Where Mothers Deliver Babies Matters

 Posted on August 06, 2014 in Uncategorized

By: Robert Geimer

According to a new study, rates of complications during childbirth vary widely between hospitals in the U.S., suggesting that where mothers choose to deliver their babies matters.  In a new study in the journal Health Affairs, authors found that about 13% of deliveries in the U.S. involve a complication, and the rate of complication at low performing hospitals was 5 times higher than those at high performing hospitals.  Though these findings are preliminary and subject to further analysis, they do suggest that we should be looking at the things high performing hospitals are doing right and make sure they are applied across the board.  Making these “best practices” standard could avoid many unnecessary injuries and make for healthier and happier moms and babies.

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