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Comment & Response
November 13, 2013

New Definition of Term Pregnancy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey
  • 2Department of Family Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey
JAMA. 2013;310(18):1985-1986. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277993

To the Editor The Viewpoint on defining term pregnancy1 presented an oversimplified construct for stratifying term pregnancy.

Dr Spong1 framed her discussion around identification of “… the optimal timing of delivery for a healthy pregnancy.” However, a woman with a healthy pregnancy may have common risk factors that may lower her optimal time to deliver.2,3