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Study Adds New Reasons To Avoid Unnecessary C-Sections

The medical literature on unnecessary c-section is rapidly expanding-and it seems that almost every new study is finding new reasons to discourage doctors and families from electing c-sections that are not medically necessary.

Last week, another study from the UK concluded that children born via c-section are significantly more likely to develop obesity as adults. Based on a survey of data relating to more than 10,000 children born between 1991 and 1992, the researchers found that even six-week old babies were already heavier than those born vaginally. That trend continued throughout childhood. 

Other studies report that c-section also leads to higher rates of allergies and asthma. In the words of one expert from New York University of Medicine, "there may be long-term [c-section] consequences to children that we don't know about."

All of this shows how careful doctors should be about recommending or encouraging c-sections unless and until the procedure is actually medically necessary. So-called elective c-sections (whether at the behest of the mother or medical staff) may put women and infants at an unnecessary risk of birth injuries and long-term complications.

Source: Medical News Today, "C-Section Babies At High Risk Of Obesity," Joseph Nordqvist, May 27, 2013

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