- Women who schedule their Cesarean around their work and vacation schedule.
- Well I think my last period was April 7th, but hey, that could be 2 weeks off.
- I had a c-section with my first 3 kids and it was just sooooo easy, so pump in those pain meds and lets get that baby out!
- I don't want to stretch out my vagina!
- I am scared of child birth!
- Once a Cesarean always a Cesarean right?
- OMG my risk of uterine rupture from VBAC is just scary!
Thank you to The March of Dimes!
The following is a release from them.
C- Sections a Critical Factor in Preterm Birth Increase
Some C-Sections May Not Be Medically Necessary, March of Dimes Says
WHITE PLAINS, NY, MAY 28, 2008, – Cesarean sections account for nearly all of the increase in U.S. singleton preterm births, according to an analysis of nine years of national birth data.
Between 1996 and 2004 there was an increase of nearly 60,000 singleton preterm births and 92 percent of those infants were delivered by a cesarean section, (c-section), according to research by investigators from the March of Dimes and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will be published in the June issue of Clinics in Perinatology. While singleton preterm births increased by about 10 percent during this time, the c-section rate for this group increased by 36 percent.
Preterm birth is a serious and costly health concern and is the leading cause of death in the first month of life. More than 520,000 babies – one out of every eight – are born too soon each year in the
Late preterm babies, those born 34-36 weeks gestation, account for most of the increase in the
“While maternal and fetal complications during pregnancy may result in the need for a c-section, we’re concerned that some early c-section deliveries may be occurring for non-medically indicated reasons,” said Alan R. Fleischman, M.D., the March of Dimes medical director and senior vice president. “We need research to determine how many c-sections that result in preterm babies are not medically indicated and may place both mother and baby at risk for little or no medical benefit. ”
C-sections are the most common major surgical procedure for women. More than 30 percent of the 4.1 million
“The Relationship Between Cesarean Delivery and Gestational Age Among US Singleton Births,” by Bettegowda VR. et al. will be published in Clinics in Perinatology, Vol. 35.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for BabiesSM, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.