Babies Born at 37 Weeks Should be Classed as Premature, Columbia University Study  
7/3/2012 6:58:50 AM

The definition of a premature birth should be raised to more than 37 weeks, as babies currently considered full term could still benefit from more time in the womb, a study has suggested. Research has indicated children born prematurely are a risk of slower brain development, with those born at 41 weeks achieving slightly better scores in academic tests. Those born at 41 weeks were found to be 33 per cent more likely to suffer severe reading impairment, and 19 more likely to have moderate mathematical impairment. The study, by Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, warned parents and medical professionals to use caution when considering an elective early delivery.