Repeat Cesareans May Put Babies At Risk

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The babies of women who have an elective repeat Cesarean delivery are twice as likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit than babies of women who have a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC). That’s according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

The study shows babies born to women who have elective repeat Cesarean deliveries also continue to need oxygen in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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“The costs of the birth for the mother and the infant are greater in the Cesarean section group,” according to the lead author of the study, Beena Kamath, MD, MPH, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Kamath and researchers from UC Denver, Colorado School of Public Health and The Children’s Hospital looked at the records of 672 women who gave birth at University of Colorado Hospital. Each of the women had one prior Cesarean delivery. Three-hundred-forty- three decided to have another Cesarean while 329 planned a vaginal birth.

“Controversy exists on the recommended mode of delivery in women who have had one prior Cesarean section,” Kamath said, “It is important for women to discuss the risks and benefits of their delivery options with their doctor, and also to realize that the decision to have their first Cesarean section may affect the way they deliver if they have more children.”

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