Science Daily released a press article on May 24, 2011 that was based on a study led by Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, of the National Institutes of Health, which was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. According to the study adding just a few more weeks of pregnancy can cut a newborn’s risk of death in half — even if the pregnancy has reached “term” — adding more evidence to the argument that continuing a pregnancy to at least 39 weeks is crucial to a baby’s health.
- Reddy, Uma M.; Bettegowda, Vani R.; Dias, Todd; Yamada-Kushnir, Tomoko; Ko, Chia-Wen; Willinger, Marian. Term Pregnancy: A Period of Heterogeneous Risk for Infant Mortality. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2011; 117 (6): 1279-1287 DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182179e28