March of Dimes Sees Fewer Early Deliveries

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new March of Dimes study has some good news in terms of early deliveries.

“There was an 83 percent drop in non-medically indicated early term deliveries,” March of Dimes medical director Dr. Edward McCabe said. “If you’re born at 37 to 38 weeks, there’s a 50 percent higher risk that you will die than if you are born at 39 to 41 weeks.”

McCabe says it is important for physicians and mothers to know the importance of keeping the baby in the womb as long as possible unless the mother’s health or the baby’s health are compromised by doing so.

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