I just learned today that babies born via Cesarean Section are more likely to have respiratory problems compared to babies born vaginally. A recent study tracked more than 24,000 women who had repeat c-sections performed at 37 weeks or later. Of those women, 13,258 had elective c-sections, meaning it was simply by choice with no medical basis for the surgery. Some of the main points of the study are:
- Over one-third of women are having elective repeat Cesareans. This is a significant number.
- Delivery just 3 or 4 days before 39 weeks led to increased complications.
- Respiratory problems are more likely with repeat c-sections, as well as other complications, particularly when the surgery is done before 39 weeks or after 40 weeks gestation.
- Parents and Doctors should wait until the 39th week to deliver via repeat elective c-section, and no later than the 40th week.