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Maternal Age and Special Care Considerations, Part 1

For many Ohio mothers, it might seem like common sense that some aspects of prenatal preparation and neonatal care depends upon the age of the mother. According to new research from the University of Dublin, this is more than common sense-it is a statistical reality.

Researchers report that, among first-time mothers, the youngest and oldest age groups both have higher risks of serious birth complications. However, the risks that affect these groups are quite different. This is the first of a two-post series that will look at this study in a bit of depth.

This study compared 40,000 pregnancies and deliveries between 2000 and 2011. Of this group, 75 percent of the mothers were between 20 and 34. However, the researchers honed in on the differences that exist for mothers who were 17 or younger and those who were 40 years old or older.

The differences were striking. While younger mothers were at much higher risk of a preterm delivery, older mothers were far more likely to deliver by c-section. Check back later for more on the statistical breakdown.

Source: MedPage Today, "Birth Outcomes Worst for Oldest, Youngest Moms," Salynn Boyles, June 13, 2013

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