Rushing Birth Even A Little Can Hurt Babies’ Health

January 5th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Jan 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that women who rush to have their baby before their time is due are putting the health of their children at risk.

It is common for some would-be-mothers to request their doctors to induce the labor much earlier than it should be. However, doctors warn that doing that is not good for the baby. The data shows that bringing the date of delivery forward by just few weeks or even days can have negative effects of the health of the baby.

The United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates among developed countries. 2009 figures showed that about 12.18 percent of children born in the United States were born much earlier than they were supposed to be born. Experts say that though last year’s figure show that preterm birth rate have gone down, they say that it accounts for the high rate of infant mortality in the country.

Amongst the health problems that preterm babies mostly suffer from are feeding and breathing problems. The researchers warn that babies are not fully developed until they are at least 39-weeks-old.

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