"No matter what route, early delivery without medical indication leads to increased and avoidable risk for the baby."
Promoting birth after 39 weeks: What You Can Do
Providers and consumers have the ability to reduce late preterm births. Some strategies include:
- Identifying high risk women and getting them to the appropriate level of care
- Promoting early entry into prenatal care
Educating all about the unique vulnerability of late preterm infants, including
- Third party payers, etc.
- Promoting collaboration among health care team members
- Implementing national recommendations, such as those of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and NIH not to provide non-medical inductions/cesarean births before 39 weeks gestational age.
Did you know?
A baby’s brain grows 30% in the last 5 weeks of pregnancy!