Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Research Shows Why Every Week of Pregnancy Counts.......Yes, that includes the last three!!!

So many of us have been saying this for so many years.......

"new research shows that those last weeks of pregnancy are more important than once thought for brain, lung and liver development. And there may be lasting consequences for babies born at 34 to 36 weeks, now called "late preterm."

This article is great. Go and read it in it's entirety at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122999215427128537.html

"The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes are now urging obstetricians not to deliver babies before 39 weeks unless there is a medical reason to do so."

The issue now becomes those practitioners that can't stand up to the pressure that parent's place on them to deliver the baby early for convenience. Especially since they've been doing it for years for all their friends. Or those practitioners that like to just 'make up' a medical reason to deliver early...grrrrr!

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