Arizona Department of Health Services

Healthy Babies

During Pregnancy

pregnant woman

Once you're pregnant and if your pregnancy is healthy, it's best to let labor occur on its own and stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. Many hospitals in Arizona have stopped doing elective C-sections and inductions before 39 weeks, because the baby's brain and other vital organs are not yet fully developed. Healthy Babies are worth the wait! ADHS is working with MOD on a new campaign to reduce prematurity and has set a goal of reducing the state's pre-term birth rate by 8% by 2014, preventing 950 pre-term births.

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