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The Question:

What is the average length of a hospital stay for a woman giving birth to a baby?

The Answer:

According to a 2003 survey (the most recent) by the National Center for Health Services, the average stay of the 4 million women who were hospitalized for deliveries was 2.6 days. The average stay for a vaginal birth without complication was 2.1 days; the average stay for a C-section without complication was 3.4 days.

Here is a link to more information about births in the U.S.

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