In Florida, we want every baby to have the best possible start in life. In our country, one in eight babies is born too soon, and babies born late preterm – before 39 weeks gestation – make up a growing proportion. Many late preterm births are the result of scheduled or induced deliveries. More and more births are being scheduled early for non-medical reasons. Ensuring that babies have the chance to fully develop in the womb is the first step to a healthy start. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy gives a baby all the time he needs to grow before he’s born. Explore this website for more tools and resources about why 39 weeks of pregnancy is best for babies.