HYATTSVILLE, Maryland, August 29, 2002 ( – The rate of births that are induced has doubled in the U.S. over the past decade, says the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The percentage of births induced by medical intervention rose from 9% in 1989 to 19% in 1998, according to findings published in the August issue of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.  Traditionally, induction is advised only for sound reasons, such as a medical condition or when the pregnancy runs over 42 weeks. But Marian McDorrman’s NCHS team found that only half of pre-term inductions listed an identifiable medical reason. Their report says women who are white or native Indian, have a high level of education, or are having their first pregnancy, are more likely to opt for induction. Mere convenience—for both patient and doctor—may be another factor.  To read news coverage see:

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