The average term of a pregnancy is 40 weeks, and every one of those weeks count for a pivotal piece of a baby's development.
Which is why premature delivery is an emotionally difficult event for expectant parents. They have to watch and trust that baby will reach each important developmental marker, but there are often complications. Read about this mom's premature delivery experience.
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(Health24, December 2009)