It’s a growing consensus in the medical and public health fields: babies need as much womb-time as they can get, and every day counts. In fact, even though 37 weeks is considered full term, groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend waiting until 39 weeks to induce labor, barring medical necessity. And many doctors and hospitals are catching on and prohibiting the practice of delivering before 39 weeks — even using ultrasounds to verify a baby’s age before going forward. Read here for more information.
Remember its important to have a birth plan before you deliver your baby. Cord blood banking is one way to insure your baby’s health, should the need arise. Check out the cord blood comparison chart, to see which bank is right for you.