- Is It Worth It?
The NICHD Is It Worth It? videos discuss the benefits of waiting until 39 weeks to deliver unless there is a medical need to deliver earlier.
- Know Your Terms
The whole period from 37 to 42 weeks used to be called “term,” but now it’s divided into early term, full term, and late term. Know Your Terms explains the new designations.
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
The ACOG website for patients includes an extensive list of topics in its Patient Education section, including FAQs on Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Care. ACOG also provides a directory of its member physicians.
- Office on Women’s Health (OWH)
OWH, an office of the Department of Health and Human Services, provides a website for women with information on a variety of health topics, including labor and birth.
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
AWHONN promotes the health of women and newborns and works to strengthen the nursing profession, providing education and resources for health professionals. Its website for healthy moms and babies has information about why it’s important to Go the Full 40 Weeks.
- March of Dimes
The March of Dimes supports efforts to help mothers have full-term pregnancies and to research the problems threatening the health of infants. The March of Dimes Pregnancy section features information on labor and emphasizes the importance of waiting until 39 weeks to deliver.
- National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The NLM’s MedlinePlus is a website for patients that is managed by the NIH. It includes information on a multitude of diseases and conditions. Find information on childbirth.
Services, Resources, and Support
Visit the preterm labor and birth topic to find resources specific to preterm labor and delivery.
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