Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The abortion debate is at the center of U. As of June49 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-choicewhile 45 percent consider themselves pro-life.
Breakey, PhD. Over the past four decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of women having their babies at age 35 and older. In the U.
Preterm birthalso known as premature birthis the birth of a baby at fewer than 37 weeks' gestational ageas opposed to the usual about 40 weeks. The cause of preterm birth is often not known. In those at risk, the hormone progesteroneif taken during pregnancymay prevent preterm birth.
Data from the European Perinatal Health Report The Health and care of women and babies in Europe in A perspective from Sweden:.
In the United States, preterm birth rates continue to rise. Many reasons account for this increase, such as demographic changes, infertility treatments, increases in maternal age, more multiple gestations, increasing obesity rates, and maternal comorbid conditions. Reviewed is the current literature with regard to the growing problem of late preterm birth to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the burden of late preterm birth and to reassess the clinical opinion regarding timing of delivery.
A premature birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby's estimated due date. In other words, a premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature babies, especially those born very early, often have complicated medical problems.
Putting off parenthood is a continuing trend among Nordic women — and their partners. Norwegian first-time mothers were on average 29 years old inthe same as in Sweden in More women are also having children well into adulthood.
Emmalouise Leggate, 19, had quite a shock when she woke up with a baby bump — and gave birth just 45 minutes later. She experienced no morning sickness or food cravings, never felt her baby kick, and blamed her missing periods on being on the contraceptive pill. The teenager went to bed with a flat stomach then woke up the next morning, on 17 July, to find a full-on baby bump. Louise drove the teenager to the hospital and left her parked outside while she ran to get a midwife.
Thursday, March 8, Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that older mothers with normal, full-term pregnancies — particularly first-time older mothers — were more likely to undergo Caesarean delivery than were younger women with similarly low-risk pregnancies. The researchers arrived at their finding after examining birth certificates from 8 million U.