Chicago–Inappropriate interventions may be a substantial factor in the increase in late preterm births in the United States, with some physicians pursuing early delivery for a range of indications even when there is little evidence supporting such action, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) in February. Researchers are also finding that outcomes for neonates are poorer when physicians use less stringent criteria for early delivery.
Kuehn BM. Scientists Probe the Role of Clinicians in Rising Rates of Late Preterm Birth. JAMA. 2010;303(12):1129-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.296