Sunday, January 21, 2007

Neonatal Outcomes Worse With Planned Cesarean Than Planned Vaginal...

Planned c-sections are all the rage with celebrities, another US magazine thing that trickles down to the masses...if Kate Hudson does it to keep her skinny hips, why not me?

To be filed under: It's not nice to fool Mother Nature:

Neonatal Outcomes Worse With Planned Cesarean Than Planned Vaginal...: "NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jan 08 - Newborns delivered via planned cesarean section are more likely to be transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit and to experience pulmonary disorders compared with those delivered via planned vaginal delivery, according to findings published in the December issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

'The appropriateness of the rising rate of cesarean delivery worldwide has been debated widely,' Dr. Toril Kolas, of Innlandet Hospital Trust, Lillehammer, Norway, and colleagues write.

In a prospective study, the researchers examined neonatal outcomes among 18,653 singleton deliveries during a 6-month period. Data obtained from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway were analyzed according to intended mode of delivery.

Of the 18,653 deliveries, 17,828 were planned vaginal deliveries and 825 were planned cesarean deliveries. Rates of transfer to the neonatal intensive care unit were 5.2% for planned vaginal deliveries versus 9.8% for planned cesarean deliveries (p < p =" 0.01)."

For the child, the stress of vaginal delivery seems superior to elective.

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