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Choosing early delivery for babies can be harmful to health

Choosing early delivery for babies can be harmful to health

Thanks to overwhelming medical evidence of the important development that takes place in a baby's brain and lungs during the last few weeks of gestation, most area hospitals have changed their policies on early elective deliveries. The change was prompted by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG, which in mid-2008, issued a recommendation that women should wait until the 39th week of completed pregnancy before opting for delivery. Other groups concerned with maternal and fetal health, including the March of Dimes, also endorsed the recommendation. Locally, the three major health systems rapidly brought their policies on nonmedical elective inductions in line...

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