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Repeat C-section before 39 weeks puts babies at neonatal illness risk.

Byline: ANI

London, Jan 8 (ANI): A new study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has warned that women who choose repeat cesarean deliveries and have them at term but before completing 39 weeks gestation are up to two times more likely to have a baby with serious complications including respiratory distress.

The research team, led by Alan T.N. Tita, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, found that women who choose to have their babies delivered via repeat cesarean at 37 or 38 weeks without a medical or obstetric indication, risk serious complications for their child.

For the study, the researchers examined 13,258 women who had elective repeat cesarean sections at the 19 centers of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver (born July 10, 1921 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.), is a member of the Kennedy family. Her father was Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and her mother was Rose Kennedy.  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD NICHD National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. ) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network from 1999 through 2002.

The 13,258 women studied were those who underwent an elective cesarean of a viable infant at 37 weeks gestation or later in the absence of labour or other obstetric or medical indications for early cesarean delivery (prior to 39 weeks).

The researchers looked at whether an infant who was delivered at 37 weeks later died or was diagnosed with complications.

Of the 13,258 women who had elective repeat cesarean sections, as many as 35.8 percent were delivered before 39 weeks.

The researchers found that babies born at 37 weeks, were two times more likely to suffer with conditions common to babies born too soon, and at 38 weeks, they were one and a half times more likely.

Tita said these findings highlight the importance of not delivering a baby before 39 weeks for the sake of convenience.

"Unfortunately, these early deliveries are associated with a preventable increase in neonatal morbidity and NICU NICU
abbr.
neonatal intensive-care unit
 admissions, which carry a high personal and economic cost. These findings support recommendations to delay elective delivery until 39 weeks gestation and should be helpful in counseling women on the necessity of waiting to deliver," New England Journal of Medicine The New England Journal of Medicine (New Engl J Med or NEJM) is an English-language peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Massachusetts Medical Society. It is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world.  quoted Tita, as saying. (ANI)

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