March of Dimes encourages mothers to wait to have their babies - KCTV5

March of Dimes encourages mothers to wait to have their babies

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The area March of Dimes is encouraging mothers to hold off giving birth as long as they can.

The organization and St. Luke's hospitals have launched the "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait" campaign.

Many moms schedule C-sections or plan to be induced before their due date partly to pick a convenient time to give birth.

Experts say waiting to have a baby until the baby has been in the womb at least 39 weeks is best for the child. Babies born early have more trouble feeding, more trouble maintaining their temperature and more respiratory problems. A baby's brain at 35 weeks will be two-thirds of what it will be at 39 to 40 weeks.

The March of Dimes says more mothers are delaying their baby's arrival, which they say is critical for a baby's future. They hope the campaign will cause even more to take this step that may not be easy but will be best.

A March for Babies will be held next month. KCTV5's Amy Anderson and Tom Wachs will attend the event. For more information, click here.

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