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Release date: June 20, 2005
Hospital stays for moms and their newborn babies accounted for nearly one in four hospital stays in the United States in 2002, according to the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Total charges for these stays—what the hospitals bill insurers and patients—surpassed $61 billion a year, or about 9 percent of the charges for all hospital care.