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Tennessee hospitals change the way babies are delivered

This undated photo provided by Melinda Guido�s family shows Melinda in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Melinda was born premature at 24 weeks weighing 9.5 ounces. She�s believed to be the second smallest surviving baby in the United States and third smallest in the world. (AP Photo/Haydee Ibarra)

This undated photo provided by Melinda Guido�s family shows Melinda in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Melinda was born premature at 24 weeks weighing 9.5 ounces. She�s believed to be the second smallest surviving baby in the United States and third smallest in the world. (AP Photo/Haydee Ibarra)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Hospitals across Tennessee made major changes to the way they deliver babies.

Most babies were delivered at 37 weeks, but new research showed an extra two weeks in the womb allowed a baby's body and brain to fully develop.

Many hospitals decided to wait until the 39 week mark to deliver, and decided against early induction unless in the case of a medical emergency.

Dr. Frank Boehm with Vanderbilt University Medical Center said, "That last few weeks in utero, is associated with considerable brain growth. And it's best to leave the child in the uterus,
unless there are problems and there's an indication to get the baby delivered."

To learn more about the dangers of inducing labor early, visit healthytennesseebabies.com


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