New guidelines about inducing labor

July 21, 2009 1:47:41 PM PDT
The nation's Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says unless there's an urgent medical situation, women should be at least 39-weeks along before being induced.

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Labor is induced in about 20 percent of pregnancies and many are non-urgent situations.

The previous recommended minimum for early inducement was 37-weeks. Now doctors say the baby needs at least 39-weeks before induction, to give the baby more time to grow.

The information is in the Journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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