LANSING, MI, Feb 25 ( – A new study in this month’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine claims that children should be spaced two to two-and-a-half years apart.  Interestingly, the study suggests that while perinatal risk is increased somewhat by spacing children closer together, there is a much greater risk when children are spaced further apart.

An editorial comment on the study took an anti-natal stance, focusing only on encouraging doctors to ensure that patients space children further apart. It did not discuss the risks associated with spacing beyond 2-and-a-half-years.