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Caesarean section on demand doubles the risk of death

Caesarean section on demand doubles the risk of death




According to a new study, cesarean surgery that is not an emergency doubles a woman's risk of dying or developing severe complications, Reuters Health reports.
The extensive study, led by Dr. Jose Villar, an obstetrician at Oxford University, also shows that in some cases Caesareans increase the risk of death in newborns by 70%.
Caesareans are favored when doctors believe that vaginal birth can cause medical complications. Villar's study used data on almost 100,000 births. This is one of the largest studies that investigated the risks of caesarean section.
It was found that about one third of births occur through caesarean section. The number of cesareans on demand is close to 15% in developing countries.
The study shows that Caesareans double the risk of death and develop severe complications such as hyperectomy, blood transfusions, or intensive care regardless of age, medical history, or place of birth.
However, the study showed that cesareans also have advantages because they reduce the risks in cases where the mother or the baby is at risk of a vaginal birth.
A 2006 study in France published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that Caesareans tripled the risk of death from blood clots, infections, or complications from anesthesia.
Doctors are of the opinion that women who do not have indications for cesarean section should weigh well the benefits and increased chance of having problems caused by the surgery in both the mother and child.
Alina Sica
Editor
December 7, 2007