First Do No Harm: Preventing Elective Inductions Before 39 Weeks

Kenneth Lin

Posted 1/03/12 on Common Sense Family Doctor

recent article published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine reported that fewer than 1 in 5 board-certified family physicians provide routine prenatal care, and just over 13 percent perform deliveries. Therefore, more family physicians are referring patients for maternity care and have less influence over troubling national trends, such as declining rates of vaginal births after previous Cesarean delivery (VBAC) and increasing rates of “late” premature delivery (between 34 and 38 6/7ths weeks gestation) due for the most part to elective inductions.

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Perpetuating the Myth: How Managed Care is Bad News for Pregnant Women

Patricia Salber

Posted 10/22/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

So, I just saw a Kevin Pho MD tweet flash by on my computer screen with the statement “Managed care is bad news for pregnant women.”  I clicked on the link in the tweet and was taken to his blog site.  Sure enough, there was an article with the title:  “How managed care is bad news for pregnant women” written by Linda Burke-Gallowayan obstetrician-gynecologist and author of The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy.

Painting of "Pregnant Women" by Steve Gribben (more art by him @ http://steve-gribben.fineartamerica.com)

Having worked for managed care most of my life, I know a lot about the good, bad, and ugly of managed care.  I am not an apologist for the industry, but neither am I a person who thinks the term “managed care” automatically connotes all things evil in health care.  I am a member of a managed care plan and am quite happy.

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