Should 'due dates' become 'due weeks'?

GPs appear lukewarm about proposals to replace 'due dates’ for pregnant women with a broader estimate of an expected delivery date. 

The suggestion was made by Australian researchers, who said due dates were imprecise and could give women unrealistic expectations and anxiety about being 'overdue’. 

A survey of 784 pregnant women at four Sydney public hospital antenatal clinics found that when they were told just 5% of babies were born on that specific day, only 30% favoured being given a due date. 

“Most women expressed a preference for other types of estimates