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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Early Elective Repeat C-sections Dangerous for Babies

Cross-post from ICAN Blog:

A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reports that elective repeat cesareans performed prior to 39 weeks of gestation significantly increase the risk or respiratory problems and other adverse outcomes for babies. According to the study, "The rates of adverse respiratory outcomes, mechanical ventilation, newborn sepsis, hypoglycemia, admission to the neonatal ICU, and hospitalization for 5 days or more were increased by a factor of 1.8 to 4.2 for births at 37 weeks and 1.3 to 2.1 for births at 38 weeks."

Read the full abstract here. Read the related article in TIME here.

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