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Forceps, C-Section Linked With Head Injury

Sunday, 16 November 2008 13:53

Babies delivered with the help of surgical intervention are at a greater risk of head injury than are babies born by natural childbirth, according to a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As part of the study, researchers reviewed data on 583,340 babies born between 1992 and 1994. One-third of these babies were born with the help of surgical procedures such as vacuum extraction, cesarean section (performed during labor) or forceps. Babies born via operative techniques were up to 3.5 times more likely to suffer intracranial hemorrhage, compared with children who were delivered spontaneously. However, no additional risk was seen among children born via cesarean section performed with no labor, indicating that abnormal labor, rather than delivery method, may be the causative factor in many head injuries.

Towner D, Castro MA, Eby-Wilkens E, Gilbert WM   Effect of mode of delivery in nulliparous women on neonatal intracranial injury   N Engl J Med 1999 (Dec 2);   341 (23):   1709-1714