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What is the earliest that is healthy for my baby to be born?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Week 37 is when your baby is considered full-term. At this point, the baby is far enough in development to be healthy outside the womb. Before 37 weeks is considered pre-term, and the baby has a better chance of survival the closer they are able to get to 37 weeks. Babies born at 24 weeks have a 50% chance of survival, while that chance jumps all the way up to 92% at 29 weeks. The safety of a pre-term birth depends on how developed your baby is at the time.

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