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Newborn Death Rate Drops In U.S.

Newborn Death Rate Drops In U.S.

Source: Huffington Post

Until recently, preterm births in the United States had been increasing, said Dr. Eve Lackritz, deputy director of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's. In response, doctors began a nationwide effort to reduce inductions and cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks, unless they were medically necessary. It's possible that efforts to decrease preterm births are linked to the drop in newborn mortality, although research is needed to determine if they are related, said Lackritz, who was not involved in the new report.

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