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Doctors Praise Duchess on Dates and Delivery

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It's been a waiting game, but the Royal baby is finally here! Even though Duchess Kate was past her due date, she was not induced. Patience... That's a lesson all pregnant women can learn. Dr. Yvonne Bohn, an OBGYN at Good Samaritan Hospital says when labor happens naturally, it's much smoother and there are less complications.

Women tend to panic when the due date arrives and still no baby. What moms to be need to keep in mind is that the due date is only an estimate of when baby will be born, which is at around 40 weeks. But a normal pregnancy is between 37 and 42 weeks. Only 5 percent of babies arrive right on the due date.

Many hospitals in America have high rates of induction. One study found 28 percent of scheduled early deliveries were elective. Contrary to popular belief, that may not be so good for mom or child. Babies born between 37 and less than 39 weeks have a higher risk of death or serious health problems compared to those born after 39 weeks. It's not until 42 weeks that all moms to be have reason for concern. That's when still birth rates double. But that's a full 2 weeks after the delivery due date.

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