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Another Reason to Support Midwifery Care

Written by Pathways Magazine   
Saturday, 01 March 2008 00:00

A new study showed, the only time caesarean section was found to be a safer alternative than vaginal birth was for babies who were in a breech position. But for normal, headfirst deliveries, the risk of the baby dying or suffering serious complications was one-and-a-half times higher when an elective (nonemergency) caesarean was performed. Risk of requiring a hysterectomy after a caesarean was four times higher than after vaginal birth.

This study should be a wake-up call, as nearly 25 percent of all deliveries are now caesarean sections. According to lead researcher Dr. Jose Villar, “The increase in rates of caesarean delivery at an institutional level is not associated with any clear overall benefit for the baby or the mother but is linked with increased morbidity for both.”

Said Dr. James Walker, spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and an obstetrician in Leeds, “[C-sections] can save lives in some circumstances but it does have risks for the mother and baby. It is important we don’t think of them as just another delivery option. This research is a reality check that we don’t go too far.”

 

Pathways Issue 17 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #17.