Hospitals Reduce Labor Inducement

Some hospitals have decided to reduce labor inducement in order to prevent birth injuries. These hospitals are participating in a Zero Birth Injury safety campaign. The campaign puts restrictions on who could seek early labor inducement to prevent birth injuries such as respiratory distress, severe infections, and broken collarbones. These newborns spend large amounts of time in intensive care which rapidly increases medical costs. Both the New England Journal of Medicine and the March of Dimes support this campaign’s finding that babies born prior to 39 weeks are more at risk for these birth complications.

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