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Doctors discourage pregnant women from inducing early

(NBC) - Doctors are discouraging expecting mothers from being induced early to deliver their babies due to the discovery that women do their best delivering at 39 weeks.

Shirley Wang was pregnant with her first child at 36 weeks and was experiencing leg pain when her doctor asked her if she would like to be induced early.

While this was a tempting offer, Shirley said no and waited for week 39 to deliver. Shirley delivered a healthy baby boy.

Doctors have seen all kinds of reasons from women wanting to induce early.

"One of the requests I had was a woman who had a zodiac specific date and time to deliver because it was a lucky time to benefit the child for life," Dr. James Byrne said.

Byrne said he's also had other pregnant patients ask to deliver early to attend business meetings.

"The best reasons to wait are there is less risk of the child going to the ICU, it increases the odds of having a stronger baby, and women who deliver early have a higher risk of failure and a higher C-section rate," Byrne said.

The March of Dimes has asked hospitals to require physicians who schedule deliveries before 39 weeks to justify that they were done out of medical necessity.

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