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Is It Worth It? (30 sec)

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Image of moving sonogram shows a fetus in the womb with heart visibly beating. Text at the bottom of the screen reads: "Many pregnant women are now requesting to deliver before 39 weeks…"

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Dr. Catherine Spong talks on camera in an office setting.

DR. CATHERINE SPONG: Pregnancy, we call it nine months, but in actuality it's 10 months. It's 40 weeks.

Split screen shows Dr. Spong on the left side of the screen in her lab coat taking a call on her cell phone and looking at paperwork in a hospital setting.
Text appears on the right side of the screen that reads: "…better outcomes are associated with births after 39 weeks…"

 

Dr. Spong talks on camera in an office setting. Text appears at bottom of screen that reads: "Catherine Y. Spong, M.D.; Associate Director of Extramural Research; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH."

SPONG: It's very, very important, if you can, to wait for delivery until 39 weeks. Because that – after 39 weeks your risks are much less for many complications.

Split screen shows text on left side of screen that reads: "…better outcomes for your baby's lungs, ears, eyes, brain…" Right side of screen shows close up of a baby smiling.

 

Dr. Spong talks on camera in an office setting.

SPONG: By letting that baby get born at term you're improving the life-long health of that baby.

Text appears on screen that reads: "National Child and Maternal Health Education Program; www.nichd.nih.gov/ncmhep/IsItWorthIt"
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services logo, National Institutes of Health logo, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development logo included at the bottom of the screen.

 

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Is It Worth It? (60 sec)

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Image of moving sonogram shows a fetus in the womb with heart visibly beating.  Text at the bottom of the screen reads: "Many pregnant women are now requesting to deliver before 39 weeks…"

[MUSIC IN]
[SOUND] Heartbeat

Dr. Catherine Spong talks on camera in an office setting
Text appears at bottom of screen that reads: "Catherine Y. Spong, MD; Associate Director of Extramural Research; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH."

DR. CATHERINE SPONG: Pregnancy, we call it nine months, but in actuality it's 10 months. It's 40 weeks.

A mother plays with her newborn while in her hospital bed. She touches her finger to the baby's nose and he reacts.

SPONG: The baby's brain almost doubles in size…

Spong talks on camera in an office setting.

SPONG: …in the last several weeks of pregnancy.

Graphic shows illustration of a baby's brain at 35 weeks of gestation and a baby's brain at 39 to 40 weeks of gestation. The illustration of the brain at 35 weeks is smaller with fewer contours in the brain. The baby's brain at 39 to 40 weeks of gestation is larger with more definition and a greater amount of contours.
Text in graphic reads: "A baby's brain at 35 weeks weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh at 30 to 40 weeks."
Copyright information at the bottom of the graphic reads: "2011 March of Dimes Foundation; Image for illustrative purposes only."

SPONG: And the brain is forming all of the connections that are going to be important for coordination, for movement and for learning.

Dr. Debra Bingham talks on camera in a playground setting.
Text appears at the bottom of the screen that reads: "Debra Bingham, Dr/PH, RN; VP of Research, Education and Publications; Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses."

DR. DEBRA BINGHAM: It's important that we not just try to pick a date on the calendar and say, "That's when I'm going to have my baby."

A mother holds up her four year-old daughter as she swings through the monkey bar rings on a jungle gym.

 

Bingham talks on camera in a playground setting.

BINGHAM: For most healthy women, the body will go into labor at the time that's best suited for the baby's brain development and for the baby's health.

Spong talks on camera in an office setting.

SPONG: It's very, very important, if you can, to wait for delivery until 39 weeks.

A woman rubs her exposed pregnant belly.

 

Spong talks on camera in an office setting.

SPONG: Because that – after 39 weeks your risks are much less for many complications.

A mother holds her sleeping baby while sitting in a rocking chair. She tickles the baby's chin with her finger and kisses the baby's hand.

 

Spong talks on camera in an office setting.

SPONG: By letting that baby get born at term you're improving the life-long health of that baby.

Text appears on screen that reads: "National Child and Maternal Health Education Program; www.nichd.nih.gov/ncmhep/IsItWorthIt"
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services logo, National Institutes of Health logo, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development logo included at the bottom of the screen.

 

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Last Updated Date: 01/25/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 01/25/2013