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Why Wait Till Your Labor Starts Spontaniously

Why at least 39 weeks is best for your baby
Why babies need time
Babies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life than babies born full term.
Here’s why your baby needs 39 weeks:

Why scheduling an early birth can be a problem
Experts are learning that scheduling an early birth for non-medical reasons can cause problems for mom and baby. For example:

The March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait™ education campaign and obstetric provider groups advise that you wait until at least 39 weeks to induce labor or have a c-section if it is needed. Wait this long unless there are medical problems that make it necessary to have your baby earlier.

The Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait™ education campaign was developed in response to the growing number of inductions and c-sections prior to 39 weeks for non-medical reasons. Campaign messaging is not intended for mothers who have their babies early for medical reasons or who go into early labor on their own

Questions to ask your provider
If you’re planning to schedule your baby’s birth, print out this article and take it with you to your next prenatal care checkup. Ask your provider these questions:

If your provider recommends that you have your baby before 39 weeks:

About inducing labor

About c-section

August 2011


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