SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) - Some health experts are expressing concerns about the increasing number of pregnant women who are scheduling early deliveries for non medical reasons.
A new campaign has even been launched to educate women about the growing trend of early deliveries.
Elected c-section births now account for about one-fourth of all deliveries in California. "California has 10.9%, nearly 58,000 babies are born in our state prematurely every year," explained Dani Montague, state director for the March of Dimes.
She worries that giving birth several weeks before the baby reaches term can have severe consequences. "There are a lot of things that go on during those last few weeks of pregnancy, including a tremendous amount of brain development and if pregnant women knew that there were important connections and pathways that were being developed in the brains of their babies, they wouldn't be asking for an early delivery, they would be waiting. So we're trying to educate women about the importance of making sure that they get their full 40 weeks."