A new study reported on at RT magazine suggests that deliveries at 37 or 38 weeks gestation are linked to an increased risk for respiratory symptoms in childhood. This might be evidence enough to encourage physicians to delay inductions and c-sections as long as possible.
As a matter of fact, the results were rather significant. It shows that children born prematurely had a 70 percent increased risk of having respiratory symptoms by the age of ten, and up to a 50 percent greater risk of needing to use rescue inhalers.
They also had an increased risk of respiratory infections and antibiotic use beginning at the age of five when compared to those children born closer to term (40 weeks).
This is more evidence how it is important for delivering physicians to keep in mind the best interest of the unborn child and not their own convenience, and potential profits, when delivering a child.