‘TOO POSH TO PUSH’ RISK
A surgeon makes an incision while performing a caesarean section
Friday February 10,2012
MOTHERS who opt for a caesarean section could be harming their baby’s health, researchers have warned.
They found that the procedure did not help some pre-term babies who were small for gestational age and may have contributed to breathing problems.
The babies – often with mothers “too posh to push” – had 30 per cent higher odds of developing respiratory distress syndrome than similar pre-term babies born naturally.
The research was conducted by a team at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and presented to the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Foetal Medicine.
It is the latest research to question the widely-held assumption that a C-section delivery has no health risks for the baby.
Expert Dr Diane Ashton, said: “These findings overturn conventional wisdom.”
Last year, it emerged that the number of middle-class women choosing to have a caesarean birth has doubled in 20 years.