More interventions mean infants spend less time in womb

03/27/2006 | USA Today

Increased rates of pregnancy interventions, such as labor inductions and scheduled C-sections, are likely behind the reduction of the average gestational ages for infants from 40 weeks to 39 weeks, health experts say. Babies also are increasingly being delivered between 34 and 36 weeks, raising the possibility of more being born as pre-term babies, who are at greater risk for health problems.

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