News from the National Maternal and Child Health Education Program
A study of NICU admission rates for infants delivered at 37-38 weeks of gestation revealed
that 31% of infants were delivered early with no medical indication (American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2013). The National Child & Maternal Health Education
Program, led by the NICHD within NIH, is working with a coalition of 30 prominent health
organizations to reduce the number of early elective deliveries.
Learn why it’s important to mother and baby’s health to wait until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy to deliver if the mother or child’s health is not in danger.