In today's New York Times, Gardner Harris reports on the declining infant mortality rate in the U.S., but also points out that 28 other countries had fewer infant deaths in 2004. Preterm birth is one of the causes of infant mortality-babies that are born too soon. The March of Dimes is concerned that the increasing number of scheduled cesareans and inductions of labor may be contributing to the rise in infant mortality. Late preterm births, babies born between the 34th and 36th week of pregnacy account for 70 percent of all premature births in the U.S. and are the fastest growing subgroup of premature babies. Mothers who are considering having a labor induction or a scheduled cesarean may want to read the information available from the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign so they can make an informed decision.

Induction by Request, and

Cesarean by  Request