For older mothers it is safer to give birth on the due date
The number of stillborn children and the number of babies dying just after birth can be reduced if pregnant women give birth on the due date. This is especially true for women who are 35 years of age or older.
This is shown by research among 80,000 women from England carried out by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Oftentimes women who have reached the 40 weeks of pregnancy are expected to wait no more than two weeks before they decide to initiate a delivery. Now these researchers say that it is safer for the 35+ mother and the baby that it is safer to induce the delivery on the due date.
Among the women surveyed there was also a group of over-35s who were pregnant for the first time. This group already has a greater risk of complications during childbirth, although according to the researchers this risk is very small. However, it is a group that is getting bigger and bigger. For example, in the United Kingdom 14 percent are pregnant for the first time when they are 35 or older. In 2015, nearly 40,000 women in England and Wales were 35 years of age or older when they first became mothers.
To reduce the risk of a stillborn child, delivery is often initiated. In the United Kingdom, as many as one in three births is initiated. The new study showed that the death of one baby can be prevented for every 526 childbirth deliveries, if women of 35 years or older are induced on the due date.
Research among 80,000 women showed that the number of stillborn babies or the number of newborn babies that dies shortly after birth was significantly less (8 out of 10,000 pregnancies) when the calculated date was initiated. If one or two weeks were waited until inducution, then that number was much higher: 26 out of 10,000.
If the researchers have calculated correctly, it can be used to save the lives of around 50 babies.
More research needed
Yet main researcher Hannah Knight says that it is still too early to adjust the guidelines, because more research is necessary. But according to her, it is s
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