pre-term birth

Pre-term babies
2:31 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Doctors: No elective deliveries, extra week in womb pays off

In the last weeks of pregnancy, the baby’s brain is getting dramatically bigger, and the child is adding a protective layer of fat.
The Associated Press

More babies in Washington are entering the world at full-term. An effort to end the practice of mothers scheduling an early delivery has led to a 65% drop since 2010.

Even doctors have been “really surprised” to see compelling research that babies born just two weeks early are more likely to have medical problems, all the way up through age five, says Dr. Tom Benedetti, an obstetrics professor at the University of Washington.

Until a couple years ago, if a baby was born at 37 weeks, it was still considered full-term. 

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