From NBC12 News
RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - More than 70 percent of premature births in this country are considered late pre-term, meaning they happen between 34 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.
New research shows late pre-term babies could face serious health risks.
Researchers at the March of Dimes examined data from more than 140,000 babies ranging from 30 weeks premature to full term.
They found late preterm infants were more than three times as likely to develop cerebral palsy. And also had an increased risk for developmental delays.
Experts are encouraging mothers and doctors to be aware of these risks, and stress all elective c-sections should happen no earlier than 39 weeks gestation.