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Full-Term Delivery Focus

Owensboro Health doctors don’t schedule early elective deliveries (EEDs)—inductions or C-sections that happen before 39 weeks of gestation for non-medical reasons.

You may want to deliver your baby early for convenience or relief from pregnancy-related discomfort. But if your pregnancy is healthy, it’s safest to give birth after your baby is full-term (39 to 40 weeks of gestation).

Why Wait Until Full Term To Deliver

During the last few weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s brain, lungs, liver, eyes, ears and other important body parts are still developing. If your baby is born full-term, he or she is more likely to:

  • Avoid developmental problems
  • Have normal hearing and vision
  • Stay warm, which helps keep your newborn healthy and comfortable
  • Suck and swallow well, which makes feeding easier so your infant gets enough nutrition
  • Achieve high scores on reading and math tests later in life

Also, you’re less likely to experience a complication after a full-term vaginal delivery without induction than after an induced delivery or C-section. Learn more about elective deliveries from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Contact Us

For more information on Maternity Services call 270-417-5300.

For more information on Lactation Services call 270-417-5338.

Labor At Owensboro Health

A relaxed and homelike birth experience. Whether you’re a first-time mom or an experienced parent, we support you through every stage of your pregnancy.

Learn more about what to expect when your big day arrives.

Breastfeeding Friends

Please join us for Breastfeeding Friends, a group focused on providing answers to common breastfeeding questions, individual assistance, weight checks, mother-baby bonding and more.

Registration is appreciated but not required. Nursing babies, siblings, support people, and expectant families all welcome!

Learn more or register for the class.

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    1006 Ford Avenue
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