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NPIC Announces Article in the Journal of Perinatology

September 17, 2013

The National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC) is pleased to announce the recent publication of "Changes in delivery methods at specialty care hospitals in the United States between 2006 and 2010" in the Journal of Perinatology.

This publication describes recent trends in the methods and gestational age at delivery, given long term increasing rates of labor induction and cesarean delivery and recent efforts to reduce early term births. Results indicate that from 2006 to 2010, there was an 11% increase in labor inductions and a 6% increase in cesarean deliveries, largely due to repeat cesareans. There was a 4 per 100 reduction in early term births (37 to 38 weeks), mostly due to a decline in non-medically indicated interventional deliveries. The authors reported a shift in deliveries from 38 to 39 weeks, which is believed to be attributed to efforts to actively limit non-medically indicated early term deliveries.

These trend data are from a subset (n=47) of NPIC member hospitals that submit data to our Perinatal Center Data Base (PCDB). Our PCDB is one of the largest repositories for hospital based perinatal clinical and financial discharge data in the country, making it a very robust data set.

Valery Danilack, PhD Student in Epidemiology and David Savitz PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice President for Research, both at Brown University, together with John Botti, MD, Director of MFM Fellowship at Wake Forest University Health Sciences, and Janet Muri, President and Donna Caldwell, PhD, Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation, and John Roach, Senior Programmer Analyst, all of NPIC, collaborated on this recent research study.

V A Danilack, J J Botti, J J Roach, D A Savitz, J H Muri and D L Caldwell Journal of Perinatology, (8 August 2013) | doi:10.1038/jp.2013.90    » Learn More

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