Monday, June 1, 2009

Risk to Baby Rises With Repeat C-Sections

This study appears in the June issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which all Obstetrician's should be acquainted with.

Click here for the article as it appeared on Yahoo News on May 21, 2009

Here are some highlights from the article:

"Babies delivered by elective, repeat cesarean section delivery are nearly twice as likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) than those born vaginally after the mother has previously had a c-section, a new study finds.

"Nationwide, the c-section delivery rate keeps rising. According to the study authors, by 2006, 31.1 percent of deliveries in the United States were done this way.
"'The decision to have your first c-section is very important," [Dr. Alan Fleischman] said.

"There should be a clear medical indication [because] your first may dictate subsequent [delivery methods].'

"Women also need to know that vaginal delivery is possible for many women who have already undergone a c-section, Fleischman said. Some hospitals do not allow vaginal delivery after a prior c-section, however, so he suggested that any woman who is planning on one find out early on what her hospital's policy is."

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