His column presents the scientific evidence that, in a healthy pregnancy, waiting until at least 39 weeks or later to deliver improves outcomes for mother and baby.
This topic has been the focus of a recent awareness effort from the National Child and Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP), which is led by the NICHD in coordination with more than 30 national professional societies and advocacy organizations. The Program’s website provides videos and more information for parents and health care providers about the risks of elective deliveries before 39 weeks. The topic was also featured in a recent NICHD Spotlight: Just in Time for Mother’s Day: Let the Baby Set the Delivery Date!
As we pause to recognize the importance of fathers and grandfathers everywhere, consider the unique perspective of a grandfather and physician: In Healthy Pregnancies, Let the Baby Set the Delivery Date .
Originally Posted: June 17, 2013
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