Science c-section rates 2012

Published on February 10th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


C-Section Delivery May Pose Risk to Small Babies, Researchers Say

c-section rates 2012

To operate or not to operate seems to be the question in many labor & delivery wards nowadays, and caesarian section rates in the US are comparatively high when contrasted with other countries.

And while c-sections are often viewed as the least risky option for high-risk deliveries, new research has indicated that smaller babies may not be better off exiting through the window instead of the door. Dr. Katherine Economy of Brigham and Women’s hospital said that the risk of major abdominal surgery may be understated when considering birth options, and that breathing difficulties are a specific consideration for smaller babies. Economy says:

“People have over time forgotten the magnitude of the risk… when they’re born via c-section, they don’t have that time, or that process and so many times, the lungs just aren’t quite ready.”

It’s theorized that something about vaginal delivery may assist in working fluid out of the lungs of infants, and Economy says that perhaps doctors should be “thinking about babies small for gestational as perhaps better able to tolerate labor than we originally thought.”



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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