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Full Term Pregnancy Definition

​Full Term Pregnancy De​finition

​Learn why a pregnanc​​y is now considered "full-term" at
​3​9 weeks.​

Reducing Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks

Reducing Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks

​​Learn why allowing baby to remain in the womb until at least
39 weeks, if possible, is safest for both ​baby and mother.​​​​​​​​​​

The National Child & Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP) is the​ first national education program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver​ National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)​​.​

The NICHD created the NCMHEP with more than 30 of the nation’s most prominent maternal and child health care provider associations, federal agencies, and other partners. The Program’s objectives are to identify key challenges in child a​nd maternal health, review relevant research and initiate educational activities that advance the knowledge base of the field, and improve the health of women and children.

Visit the NCMHEP Coordinating Committee webpage for a full list of member organizations. 

Learn More About the NCMHEP​​​​


​From Our Partners​

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) logoThe American College ​of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) ​recommends that clinicians screen patients ​at least once during the perinatal period for depression and anxiety symptoms using a standardized, validated tool. ​ In their May 2015  Co​mmittee Opinion on Screening for Perinatal DepressionExternal Web Site Policy ACOG states that perinatal depression includes major and minor depressive episodes that occur during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after delivery. It is one of the most common medical complications during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

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