A new report finds that the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) allowed women to choose risky early deliveries for their babies far more often than most other hospitals in the state and nation.
Other local hospitals fell well below state and national averages. Nationwide, about 18 percent of normal births between 37 and 39 weeks of gestation in 2009 were by cesarean section or induction. Virginia's rate was 19 percent. At Chesapeake Regional, the early birth rate was 61 percent. Find out more.