For healthy women, Caesarean section may be three times more risky than natural childbirth, says a study in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Researchers compared 46 766 Caesareans to more than two million vaginal births among healthy women in Canada. The study found that women who had C-sections were three times more likely to experience serious complications, including infections, blood clots, hysterectomies and heart attacks, the Toronto Star reported.
The complication rate among women who had C-sections was 27.3 per 1 000 deliveries, compared to nine per 1 000 for women who had a natural delivery. The researchers limited their study to outcomes among the mothers and did not look at how C-section affected the babies.
"Look, Caesarean section is not just like falling off a log," Dr Robert Liston, a lead author of the study, told the Star. "There are health issues that result from the operation, significantly more so than a planned vaginal delivery."
The findings should be considered when women talk with their doctors about Caesarean delivery, said Linton, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of British Columbia. – (HealthDayNews)
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