Study shows Caesarean section linked with harm.
The rate of CS delivery was positively associated with postpartum antibiotic treatment and severe maternal morbidity and mortality, even after adjustment for risk factors.
Increase in the rate of CS delivery was linked with an increase in fetal mortality and more babies admitted to intensive care for seven days or longer, even after adjustment for preterm delivery.
Interpretation: High rates of caesarean delivery do not necessarily indicate better perinatal care and can be associated with harm.
Victora CG, Barros FC. Beware: unnecessary caesarean sections may be hazardous. Lancet 2006; 367:1796-7.
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|Title Annotation:||caesarean section delivery may cause fetal mortality|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2006|
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