Elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of gestation can pose both short-term and long-term health risks for the newborn. See ACOG's resources and links to other national and provider efforts to help reduce unnecessary deliveries prior to 39 completed weeks.
NEW! Recent Declines in Induction of Labor by Gestational Age
The NIH has released a report that shows after nearly after nearly 20 years of consecutive increases, induction of labor for singleton births reached a high of 23.8% in 2010, then declined in 2011 (23.7%) and 2012 (23.3%).
NEW! Decline in early elective deliveries across the United States
There has been a decline in babies delivered before 39 weeks. Figures from 2010 indicate that 17% of babies in the United States were delivered before 39 weeks. Through advocacy from ACOG and other organizations, it was reported that in 2013 that percentage had plummeted to 4.6%
NEW! ACOG Changes Definition of On-Time Delivery "Term Pregnancy".
To expand efforts to prevent nonmedically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation and to improve newborn outcomes, ACOG and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) have redefined ‘term pregnancy.’ Joint Committee Opinion #579 "Definition of Term Pregnancy", published in the November issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, discourages use of the general label ‘term pregnancy’ and replaces it with a series of more specific labels: ‘early term,’ ‘full term,’ ‘late term,’ and ‘postterm.’