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Study Suggests C-Section and Induced Births on the Decline in the U.S.

Study Suggests C-Section and Induced Births on the Decline in the U.S.

New research indicates that the rate of late preterm and early term births by C-section or labor induction has declined as experts warn of the risk of birth injury. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study was conducted by a group of international researchers who analyzed about 30 million births from 2006 to 2015 in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. Their findings indicate that in the U.S. (where the majority of the births studied occurred), “early term birth rates decreased from 33.0% in 2006 to 21.1% in 2014 among births with clinician-initiated obstetric intervention.” Non-medical support during labor is recommended by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology to reduce the risk for injury at birth that C-sections and labor inductions may pose.

To Repeat C-Section or Not to Repeat C-Section? That is the Question

To Repeat C-Section or Not to Repeat C-Section? That is the Question

If you delivered your first born via C-section, are there risks in delivering your second child vaginally vs. repeat C-section. A study out of the University of Aberdeen in the UK suggests there could be. Once a baby is delivered by C-section, a second child delivered vaginally could cause the scar to rupture, potentially leading to HIE, a type of brain injury caused by lack of oxygen. However the researchers suggest that the only consistent difference between repeat C-section (scheduled or unscheduled) and vaginal birth was a slightly elevated risk for hospitalization with asthma in children born by C-section. Though the study suggests that further research needs to be performed to determine long-term outcomes of a repeat C-section vs. a vaginal birth, ultimately the right decision about your birthing method is individualized and should be discussed with your obstetrician.

U.K. Zoo Delivers Baby Gorilla After Rare C-Section

U.K. Zoo Delivers Baby Gorilla After Rare C-Section

Mothers often are affected by pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and delivery by cesarean section—even in the animal kingdom. Bristol Zoo Gardens in the U.K. recently welcomed a baby gorilla born via cesarean after her mother Kera showed signs of preeclampsia. The female infant is a rarity; one of only a few to be delivered by C-section at just 2 pounds, 10 ounces. “It wasn’t a decision that we took lightly,” said John Partridge, senior curator of animals. “Kera was becoming quite poorly and we needed to act fast in order to give the best possible treatment to mother and baby, and to avoid the possibility of losing the baby.” After overcoming some breathing problems, the baby gorilla—yet to be named—is said to be doing well alongside her recovering mother Kera.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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