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! 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.’
Debra Hawks, Senior Director, Practice Activities
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998