Study: Caesarean babies more likely to die

Sep 07, 2006

A U.S. study finds babies born by Caesarean section are nearly three times more likely to die during the first month of life than those born naturally.

The research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is said to be the first to examine death rates of babies born by elective Caesarean or when there's no medical need for the procedure.

Study leader Marian MacDorman of the CDC said: "Neonatal deaths are rare for low-risk women -- of the order of one death per 1,000 live births. But even after we adjusted for socioeconomic and medical risk factors, the difference persisted."

The study involved more than 5.7 million U.S. births and 12,000 deaths occurring within 28 days of birth from 1998-2001.

In women defined as low-risk, the average rate of neonatal death was 0.62 per 1,000 vaginal births. In Caesarean births, low-risk mothers were nearly three times more likely to lose their child, at a rate of 1.77 per 1,000 births.

The research appears in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Socioeconomic status and gender are associated with differences in cholesterol levels

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Babies learn mum's unique odour

Oct 04, 2012

Researchers show for the first time that a mammal begins to suckle its mother's milk through a learned response built on learning her unique combination of smells. When it is born, the newborn is exposed to the smell of its ...

Turn, baby, turn

Feb 08, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Turning a breech baby earlier in pregnancy results in fewer babies being in a breech position, but does not decrease the chance of a caesarean birth, an international study led by McMaster University researchers ...

Caesarean births pose higher risks for mother and baby

Oct 31, 2007

Women having a non-emergency caesarean birth have double the risk of illness or even death compared to a vaginal birth, according to a study from Latin America published today on British Medical Journal website.

Recommended for you

High dietary salt may worsen multiple sclerosis symptoms

5 hours ago

High dietary salt intake may worsen multiple sclerosis symptoms and boost the risk of further neurological deterioration, indicates a small observational study published online in the Journal of Neurology, Ne ...

User comments : 0