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January 8th, 2013, 05:16 PM
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When and how did 36-37 weeks come to be the new definition of "full term"?

This is kind of a spin-off of the other thread, but I've seriously wondered what happened to 40 weeks with a two week window on either side...? If I'm doing the math right, that means 38 is full term.
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January 8th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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My midwife considers it 37-42 weeks. March of Dimes still considers it 39 weeks. I'm not sure where all the discrepancies come from.
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Because 37 weeks the baby is no longer considered "premature" - important to note they are considered "late pre-term". And if you go into labor past 36 weeks drs will not try to stop labor. Hence women getting the idea that 36-37 weeks is "full term", even though that's not true. I'm not sure how much is doctors phrasing things poorly and how much is women making inferences.
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I guess I never really thought about it. My birth center only allowed women to deliver there between 37-42 weeks and at 37 weeks you were considered full term. But they always emphasized how important it was to make it to 40 weeks and they did NO cervical checks until you were in labor. They also did not allow membrane sweeps until 41 weeks.
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January 9th, 2013, 07:55 AM
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My midwife considers it 37-42 weeks. March of Dimes still considers it 39 weeks. I'm not sure where all the discrepancies come from.
Ditto. March of Dimes does not recommend induction prior to 39 weeks, and even then, only if medically necessary.

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Because 37 weeks the baby is no longer considered "premature" - important to note they are considered "late pre-term". And if you go into labor past 36 weeks drs will not try to stop labor. Hence women getting the idea that 36-37 weeks is "full term", even though that's not true. I'm not sure how much is doctors phrasing things poorly and how much is women making inferences.
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