Maternity care is the most common reason for hospitalization in the United States. Nearly 4 million children are born every year, and whether a woman has a cesarean delivery or a vaginal delivery, often she is given an opioid prescription. Research has shown an association between opioid prescribing after major and minor procedures and new persistent opioid use but the association of opioid prescribing with persistent use among women after delivery is less clear. By reviewing insurance claims data on close to one million women, this study assessed the association between peripartum opioid prescribing for vaginal or cesarean delivery with rates of new persistent opioid use.

Read the study results: