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C-Sections may be Harmful for Premature Babies

by Kathy Jones on  February 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
Premature babies who are delivered through caesarean section are at a higher risk of developing respiratory problems, a new study presented at the annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meet reveals.
 C-Sections may be Harmful for Premature Babies

C-Section seems to be the preferred mode of delivery for a number of obstetricians but researchers from Johns Hopkins and Yale Universities suggested that it could increase the risk of breathing problems, such as respiratory distress syndrome, by 30 percent among the babies who were delivered before 34 weeks of pregnancy.

Commenting on the study Diane Ashton, who is the deputy medical director of the March of Dimes, said, "These findings show not only is it not protective, but these babies have worse respiratory outcomes probably as a result of not passing through the vaginal canal and getting that compression that helps remove much of the amniotic fluid from their lungs."



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