Bon Secours is proud to be a part of the National Child & Maternal Health Education Program which is working to reduce the number of nonmedically indicated elective deliveries by educating doctors and patients about the risks associated with elective delivery prior to 39 weeks.
Studies have shown that long- and short-term adverse outcomes may be avoided if a healthy pregnancy is allowed to continue until at least 39 weeks gestation.
Clinical evidence shows that a fetus will have a significant amount of development and growth in several key organ systems between 37 and 39 weeks gestation.
If mother and baby are healthy, wait to deliver until at least 39 weeks gestation. An infant born prior to 39 weeks faces a 20 percent greater risk of significant medical consequences.