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New data from Leapfrog Group show early elective deliveries decline at hospitals

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The Leapfrog Group announced that the national rate of early elective deliveries dropped for the second year, according to data submitted to its annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Early elective deliveries – performing elective inductions or cesarean procedures prior to 39 completed weeks gestation without medical necessity – have been decreasing since 2010 when the Leapfrog Group became the first to publically report hospital rates. This year, 46% of the 773 reporting hospitals met Leapfrog’s early elective deliveries target rate of less than 5%, an increase from 39% in 2011. Data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the only national source of this data by hospital.

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