Bundle of Joy: The latest in maternal and infant health trends

The latest analysis by Premier Inc. on maternal healthcare highlights that excess hospital costs in labor and delivery are in part due to potentially preventable complications and pre-existing chronic conditions.

Key findings of this whitepaper include:

  • Complications, including severe maternal morbidity (SMM) factors and chronic conditions, add on average 20 percent to the cost to hospitals to perform a vaginal delivery and 25 percent to the cost to perform a cesarean delivery.
  • Women with SMM stay in the hospital 70 percent to 75 percent longer, on average, and their care averages 88 percent to 111 percent more in hospitals’ cost compared to uncomplicated deliveries.
  • Behavioral health disorders that complicate childbirth add 27 percent and nearly 36 percent to the cost of uncomplicated vaginal and cesarean deliveries, respectively. 

This whitepaper explores the opportunity to improve outcomes and avoid excess costs and longer lengths of stay by working across provider networks to ensure appropriate care prior to childbirth, and standardizing processes to identify and prevent labor and delivery complications.

Please fill out the form to download the whitepaper.