Health Risks To Infants Outweigh Convenience Of Elective Deliveries

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Medical experts point to a disturbing trend of expectant mothers who are choosing to deliver their babies for non-medical reasons before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Research published in the July 2010 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology reveals just how prevalent elective deliveries are in the U.S. In that study of 7,804 women giving birth for the first time, labor was induced in 43.6 percent of the women, and 39.9 percent of those were elective inductions.

A startling number of first-time mothers - 92 percent -- believe it's safe to deliver a baby before 39 weeks, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey of 650 insured, first-time mothers ...

... "Unfortunately, many expectant mothers are not aware of the risks associated with early elective C-sections and induced labor. Expectant mothers may believe that at 36 weeks they have completed their nine months of pregnancy, but Mother Nature's formula for healthy babies is actually 40 weeks," Dr. Groat says.

... babies born electively by C-section at 37 weeks were twice as likely to have health problems, usually respiratory in nature, than babies born at 39 weeks or later. Infants delivered preterm are at an increased risk of developing chronic lung disease, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

"The results of recent studies stress the importance of educating expectant mothers on the risks associated with elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks. These early-term births can result in the newborn's admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which increases the baby's hospital stay and health risks," ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448