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Risks in Scheduling Early C-Sections (Leapfrog)

Learn about the risks of scheduling early C-Sections, from Leapfrog. Learn about Early Elective Delivery and other Maternity measures. Goal was to reduce rates of scheduling C-Sections before the recommended 39 weeks, unless there is a medically-indicated reason. Patient or doctor convenience is not a valid reason. The best hospitals have a 0.0% rate. Medical experts recommend that babies need at least 39 completed weeks to develop fully, which includes having a fully developed brain and other organs. Updated Fact Sheet in 2022. Hospital survey by the Leapfrog Group. Specific hospital rates are no longer reported publicly.


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