Maternal, Fetal Death Rates Higher on Weekends

LAS VEGAS -- Rates of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidities were higher on weekends than weekdays in the U.S., but there was no significant "July effect" observed by month of delivery, researchers said here.

In a retrospective study, the maternal mortality ratio was significantly higher on weekends than weekdays (21.4 versus 14.6 per 100,000 live births, P<0.01), reported Amirhossein Moaddab, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues.

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