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Issue 3, May 8, 2015



The intersection of maternity care, data transparency, health care costs and patient safety in a weekly curated list of articles of interest.

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This week’s collection of articles is brought to you by BabyLove. Are you in Minnesota near the Mall of America? Veronica Jacobsen and the whole team at BabyLove, an independent childbirth education center, have a lot to offer! Check out the class schedule and pass on the good word about BabyLove to pregnant friends in or around Eagan, MN.



An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?




In case the above article in the New Yorker was on your TL;DR list, Vox.com summarizes it…

McAllen, Texas, used to be everything wrong with American health care. Not anymore.



Here is the poster that Neel Shah and the team at Ariadne Labs presented at the 2015 ACOG Annual Meeting this week. Click on the image to open a PDF.

RESULTS: Processes that take place on the labor floor are highly resource-intensive as a result of the level and number of personnel required, whereas postpartum processes are less resource-intensive. On average, vaginal deliveries require more than 700% more labor floor time compared with cesarean deliveries. Within the bounds of our sensitivity analyses, we found that vaginal deliveries are approximately 200% more expensive than cesarean deliveries until the birth takes place and cost equivalent to cesarean deliveries when summed over the entire length of stay. (Read the abstract in the Green Journal)



The U.S. Is Still a Terrible Place for Maternal Health




Paying People To Use Lower Cost Health Care Providers Saves Money




For Breech Births, C-Sections May Be the Safest Choice




New Evidence Updates C-Section Techniques




The Mom’s Beat: Care, not childbirth, is the measure of a mom




Celebrate International Day of the Midwife




From the archives:

Did Tort Reform in Texas Lower the State’s Total Cesarean Rate? (2012)



Cesarean rates of hospitals  |   Where can I VBAC?  |  Maternity Data Reports


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