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Ugh. I read that article in the paper yesterday, and was completely annoyed at the reasons suggested for the poor infant mortality rate.
"uh, like, older moms and stuff" was how I heard the article in my head, like some junior high school student's report who checked out the book but didn't do any analysis on the contents.
And Greaseball, I do think iatrogenic prematurity is a problem. I'm not sure how big a problem it is (and let's face it--it's not an obstetrical problem, it's the NICU's problem, *sardonic laughter*)
The facinating fact is, let's just say that even if truly premature babies born as a result of sloppy obstertical reasoning (baby's lookin' big on the u/s, I've got a vacation coming up, etc.) are a small group, they're a group, and if not for the doctors' intervention of induction, there would be no group.