Early Term Babies at Risk

As the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) releases the final birth data for 2008, a new term emerges – early term.

Early term is used to define babies born between 37-38 weeks gestation.  While these babies are not preterm, born prior to …

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As the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) releases the final birth data for 2008, a new term emerges – early term.

Early term is used to define babies born between 37-38 weeks gestation.  While these babies are not preterm, born prior to 37 weeks, they are also not full term, born 39 weeks or later. Only 54% of all babies were born full term in 2008.  About 28% of babies were born in the early term category that year.  Babies born in the early term period are still at greater risk of complications after birth.

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