Babies are shown to fare better when delivered via caesarean within seven days of due date.
Wired PR News.com — Studies show that scheduled Caesarean sections are a better choice of child birth for babies born no sooner than seven days before their expected due date, as reported by the Associated Press (AP). According to a new study released in the New England Journal of Medicine, babies delivered earlier suffered from infections and complications with breathing amongst other things. The research is said to be beneficial to mothers who have scheduled C-sections.
Dr. John Thorp, a researcher on the study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine is quoted as stating in the report, “ Take your due date and subtract seven and any one of those seven days is fine.”
As noted by the AP, caesarean section rates, which now purportedly account for 31 percent of births, are rising due to numerous reasons such as malpractice lawsuits, older mothers, multiple births, mother/doctor fondness, and the risk of having vaginal birth following a prior C-Section.
The study only looked at live births. Researchers established that more than a third of the C-sections were performed before 39 weeks. Those delivered at 37 weeks had double the chance of having health issues. Fifteen percent of the infants born at 37 weeks and 11 percent born at 38 weeks had complications; similar to 8 percent of the infants delivered at 39 weeks. There was one death, which was an infant born at 39 weeks.