Caesareans Not The Best For Small Babies


Cesarean deliveries have not been considered damaging or risky to a new born's health, but new research is beginning to overturn that assumption ...

... C-sections are often performed for babies diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction who are not growing adequately in the womb. ... small for gestational age babies delivered by a c-section before 34 weeks of pregnancy had 30 percent higher odds of developing respiratory distress syndrome than babies born vaginally at a similar gestational age.

... "These findings overturn conventional wisdom that c-sections have few or no risks for the baby and are consistent with the March of Dimes effort to end medically unnecessary deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy ... Although in many instances, a c-section is medically necessary for the health of the baby or the mother, this research shows that in some cases the surgery may not be beneficial for some infants."

Preterm birth ... is the leading cause of newborn death ... It is also a serious health problem costing the United States more than $26 billion annually ... Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and others ...

Occasionally a caesarean will be a life-saving option for either the mother or the baby, however the majority of caesareans can safely be performed after 39 weeks of pregnancy - or be avoided altogether! Roughly 90% women who have previously had a caesarean will go on to have another one for subsequent pregnancy, compounding the risks to mother and baby in subsequent pregnancies.

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