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2017 U.S. Birth Statistics Head in the Wrong Direction

According to provisional U.S. data for 2017, after four years of inching downward from 32.9% in 2013 to 31.9% in 2016, the overall cesarean rate rose by a tenth of a percentage point to 32.0% in [...]

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U.S. 2016 Cesarean & Preterm Birth Stats Now Available & Not Much to Cheer About

Consumer Reports announces the publication of the latest U.S. birth statistics. The 2016 cesarean rate was 31.9%, continuing a decline for the fourth year in a row, but don’t break out the [...]

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Progesterone Injections to Prevent Recurrent Preterm Birth Neither Effective nor Harmless

Science Daily reports on a study persuasively showing that progesterone injections don’t reduce recurrent preterm birth rates. What’s more, they increase the likelihood of developing gestational [...]

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Progesterone Injections to Prevent Recurrent Preterm Birth Neither Effective nor Harmless

Science Daily reports on a study persuasively showing that progesterone injections don’t reduce recurrent preterm birth rates. What’s more, they increase the likelihood of developing gestational [...]

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Doula Care Reduces Preterm Births & Cesareans in Low-Income Women

NPR reports on a study comparing outcomes between Medicaid-funded singleton births in 1935 women having doula care and 65,147 similar women who did not. After adjustment for maternal age, [...]

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