Obstetricians change meaning of 'on time' delivery
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MILWAUKEE - As it stands, babies born between the 37th and 42nd week of pregnancy are considered to be "on time".
But a report from Reuters says that is all changing.
As the report explains, doctors have now created different labels within that time frame to determine a baby's status. The change comes, in part, out of new research that shows infant development can change dramatically between weeks 37 and 42.
Babies born between 37 and 39 weeks will be considered "early term", according to the report. Babies born between weeks 39 and 41 will be labeled as "full term" - and any baby delivered in week 41 or 42 will now be described as "postterm."
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is making the change. The group has a membership of over 55,000 doctors.