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Let Labor Begin Naturally: Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

PHOTO: Let the baby come when he or she is ready. That's the message behind a new campaign encouraging mothers to let labor begin naturally, for the health and well-being of their children. Photo credit: "Vanessa P."
PHOTO: Let the baby come when he or she is ready. That's the message behind a new campaign encouraging mothers to let labor begin naturally, for the health and well-being of their children. Photo credit: "Vanessa P."
April 7, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Every single day can make a difference in the healthy development of a baby, so a new campaign is telling mothers across Missouri to wait until labor begins on its own. Christian Emmert is a mother of two and a leader with Attachment Parenting International. She said a lot of important development happens in the last few weeks and days before birth, so if the pregnancy is healthy, it's best to let nature run its course.

"It's been sort of common to start scheduling births, to make it a little bit more planned and convenient," Emmert said, "but the longer you can let the baby stay in, the better the outcome on the outside with brain development, with healthy lungs, things like that. So, it's better if baby can come when baby is ready and when your body is ready."

In Missouri, about one of every eight babies is born prematurely, or roughly 10,000 each year.

With the latest science showing that babies are not fully developed until they reach at least 39 weeks, Emmert said it's also important to educate health-care providers.

"If you've got a doctor that's been out there delivering babies for 30 or 40 years, the things that he was taught in medical school are going to be a little bit different than the things that are coming out now," she said. "So, even the doctors need to be educated about this."

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO