Hospitals Try New Ways to Lower Premature Birth Rates

Some hospitals are refusing to allow elective births earlier than 39 weeks -- and some insurers are refusing to pay for them.

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Babies born even a few days before 39 weeks gestation are at risk for health problems.

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The nearer to 40 weeks that a fetus can remain safely within the perfect environment of the uterus, the better. The name of the March of Dimes' campaign on the issue sums it up: "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait."


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