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Early baby deliveries may not be the safest course

In a complicated pregnancy, many decide to deliver the baby early for safety.  But now moms and their Doctors may be turning in the other direction.
Dr. Timothy Johnson explains why.

The birth of a baby is a miracle for new parents, but not one that always goes according to plan.

When faced with complications in pregnancy, many Doctors have opted to deliver babies early. They felt it was safer.

But inducing labor can actually harbor risks for babies and a new CDC report shows that in the past few years, Doctors have started doing what they can to keep babies inside their mothers for longer.

Looking at national health data going back more than twenty years CDC researchers found twice as many induced childbirths in 2010 as in 1990.
But in the last decade a reversal of this trend. Inductions went down 12%.

Induction won't go away of course sometimes, it is necessary. But this new report serves as a reminder that sometimes the best things do come to those who wait.