Rise in early-birth babies prompts health concerns

05/22/2006 | Washington Post, The

The percentage of babies being born slightly early has reached an all-time high, resulting in the average U.S. pregnancy being shortened from 40 weeks to 39 weeks. While many obstetricians say the trend is positive because stillbirths and complications are being avoided, some are concerned because babies born early can have a greater risk of potentially life-threatening complications.

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