A University of Pennsylvania survey of almost 2,400 hospitals found 66.5% had a formal policy against nonmedical early deliveries and more than two-thirds of those used a "hard-stop" protocol or strictly enforced the rule before 39 weeks of gestation. A second study from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., found cesarean births decreased when elective deliveries were restricted, leading to a 33% drop in NICU admissions. The studies were to be presented at an American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists meeting.

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