According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labor is induced in more than one in five births...
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labor is induced in more than one in five births which is double the rate in 1990 and recent studies suggest that the increasing use of induction of labor and cesarean delivery at 34–36 weeks has influenced the upswing in the late preterm birth rates in this country. According to the AP, a "Hospital Corporation of America study of nearly 18,000 births at 27 of its hospitals around the country suggests 10 percent of all births are performed electively before the 39-week mark." Basically too many women are being induced and having elective cesareans without a valid medical reason which can and does result in preterm babies and other complications. In order to halt the rising preterm birth rate and insane rate of too-early elective inductions and first-time cesareans hospitals are expected to crack down on these procedures because regulators are lining up some new quality measurements next spring related to elective inductions and first-time cesareans. The new guidelines will limit the amount of hospital beds available for elective inductions AND require that a mama's cervix be nearly ready for natural labor before induction is discussed. It seems like a hard issue to regulate but the Joint Commission that does regulate health quality is going to be requiring hospitals to officially "Report all elective deliveries and the gestational age to its public database, providing peer pressure for improvement." *Source

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