Friday, 22 January 2010 11:50
A New England Journal of Medicine article from March 2009 highlights the importance of a natural course of birth. The study examined women who elected to have cesarean sections, a classification that means there was no reason for the surgery beyond convenience of the doctor or the mother. In the studied cases, babies born this way were found to have increased likelihood of hospitalization, poor lung function, infections and other problems. While the trend to schedule cesarean section surgery for timing reasons continues to increase, these serious negative effects of the practice should be considered.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.
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