pre-term birth http://www.kplu.org en Doctors: No elective deliveries, extra week in womb pays off http://www.kplu.org/post/doctors-no-elective-deliveries-extra-week-womb-pays <p>More babies in Washington are entering the world at full-term. An effort to end the practice of mothers scheduling an early delivery has led to a 65% drop since 2010.</p><p>Even doctors have been &ldquo;really surprised&rdquo; to see compelling research that babies born just two weeks early are more likely to have medical problems, all the way up through age five, says Dr. Tom Benedetti, an obstetrics professor at the University of Washington.</p><p>Until a couple years ago, if a baby was born at 37 weeks, it was still considered full-term.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 21:31:30 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4971 at http://www.kplu.org Doctors: No elective deliveries, extra week in womb pays off