Here is the article I am discussing: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44148964/ns/health-pregnancy/
The basics of the article is that 17 Oregon hospitals will no longer allow elective c-sections before 39 weeks of pregnancy. I think this issue has two important sides: the rights of the woman to choose and the rights of the baby to be born healthy. I personally had a C-section right at 39 weeks, but mine was not planned. Luckily, my daughter was given the highest APGAR score the doctor would give to a baby born via C-Section.
As a pregnant woman, I can completely understand the feeling of get this baby out of me. By the middle/end of the third trimester, most women are miserable. I tried everything to get my baby to come early. (Ok, maybe not everything, but spicy foods, walking, etc.) I am happy hospitals are taking steps to encourage moms to stay pregnant longer. But I think there is a major failure on the part of some doctors and medical associations to not share the benefits. I personally had no idea the vital developments that happen after 37 weeks. As far as I knew 37 weeks was full term and the baby should come right around then.
What are your thoughts?