October 11, 1995 in Nation/World

Group: Moms, Babies Need Longer Stays

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Most mothers and babies need to stay in the hospital at least 48 hours after childbirth, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians said Tuesday, bucking the trend toward money-saving “drive-through deliveries.”

“The fact that a short hospital stay … can be accomplished does not mean it is appropriate for every mother and infant,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement.

Increasingly, insurers are refusing payment for hospital stays beyond 24 hours after an uncomplicated delivery, said the 49,000-member academy, based in suburban Elk Grove Village.


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