39 Weeks

Nearly half a million babies in this country--more than one in ten--are born too soon each year. Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and others. With a team approach that includes pregnant moms, their families, doctors, hospitals, Tennessee Department of Health, March of Dimes and others, Tennessee has reduced the number of early elective deliveries to a fraction of what it was just over two years ago. Not every pregnancy can go full term, but 39 weeks is the magic number that ensures your child gets the best possible start in life.