The cerebral cortex - the part of the brain that controls functions such as cognition, perception, reason and motor control - is the last to develop. Researchers have found that babies born pre-term are more likely to have learning difficulties at school age. The March of Dimes has developed the Brain Card, a teaching tool to help expectant mothers understand the risks of not allowing labor to begin on its own, and recommends that all care providers take the time to educate expectant mothers about the risks of inducing labor and scheduling a cesarean for non-medical reasons.
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Check out the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services here: www.motherfriendly.org