by Jessica Reber
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
4:04 PM CST, March 8, 2013
A warning against a Cesarean section and induced labor for moms-to-be from the Kansas March of Dimes.
The organization, along with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, announced a new initiative, urging women to reach 40 weeks in their pregnancy.
The groups said their goal is to drop the state's premature birthrate to 10.3 percent. It was 11.2 percent last year.
The difference in those two figures, the organizations say, would save 350 babies.
According to the March of Dimes, babies born before 40 weeks could be at risk. Procedures like C-sections or induced labor could be dangerous
"These early-elected deliveries are just a few weeks early, however, they have some significant impact on the baby," said Diane Daldrup, Kansas March of Dimes Director. "Lungs may not be fully developed, the brain size isn't the same, there are respiratory issues."
Both agencies said improving access to prenatal care could help make babies healthier.
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