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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.​​​​​​​​​​

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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​​​​

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​From Our Partners​

CityMatCH logoCityMatCH is a national organization of city and county health departments’ maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. CityMatCH strengthens leaders and organizations to promote equity and improve the health of families and communities. It is grounded in the philosophy that all families deserve to be healthy and achieve optimal growth and development. Local MCH professionals are critical to the collaborative effort needed to improve the health of children and families. Learn more about CityMatCH External Web Site Policy.