NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW. – A new study from Rutgers University suggests that premature births (37 weeks և babies born) may be associated with better academic performance as a child develops in school.
The study was simply published in a well-regarded academic journal Pediatrics this July. You can read it here: https: //pediatrics.aappublicat …
Rutgers’ research has shown that there is a link between a number of academic subjects in the և upper-middle-aged ծննդ birth age category.
Forty weeks is considered the standard “nine months” that a baby should develop inside the mother’s womb, although many babies are born early (37-38 weeks) and some are born “postpartum” (41 weeks +). Note: The study did not look at premature babies, which is any birth up to 37 weeks.
Rutgers compared the results of teacher reports in the United States for all 405 9-year-olds. They analyzed their results in mathematics, science, social studies, language, and literacy. Babies were born at a certain time, about 37 weeks, which is considered early (but not premature), at 41 weeks of gestation, which is considered a late birth.
They found that longer gestational age was significantly associated with an average or above-average ranking in all subject areas. It also suggested a general pattern of general deterioration of earlier outcomes (37-38 weeks) և better outcomes for preterm infants (41 weeks) compared with those born prematurely (39-40 weeks).
The fascinating discovery was that late births were significantly associated with improved math test scores.
“We hope that these results will stimulate further research and data collection on the topic to create a more solid evidence base. Better data is needed, particularly in the United States, which could allow researchers to link pregnancy age to education. “Dr. Nancy Reichmann, a professor of pediatrics at the Robert Woods Johnson’s School of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine in New Jersey, is one of the authors of the study.
Moreover, although the study does not specifically link findings to obstetric interventions / induced labor, Reichmann says that “findings must be substantiated if, when a decision is made to intervene naturally before delivery occurs.”
However, he added. “Because there has been relatively little research on the relationship between gestational age and child education outcomes, particularly in the United States, it would be premature to change the national proposal to delay delivery by 39 weeks. «
The findings highlight the importance of gestational age, even in newborns or infants born after 39-40 weeks.
Reichmann’s team plans to further explore the relationship between gestational age, cognitive-behavioral outcomes of children of different ages, and young people.
In addition to Reichmann, the study’s authors included Amanda Hedges, a Rutgers Robert Wood Wood Onson’s medical school’s neonatologist, Rieder University, and Princeton University economics researchers.
Robert Wood John Onson Medical School is one of the nation’s leading medical schools.
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