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Myth: Babies would choose prelabour caesarean section.
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PMID:  21570370     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Interest in rising caesarean section (CS) rates focuses on the putative relative effects on maternal health and perinatal mortality, especially in 'non-medical', 'request' or 'repeat' planned prelabour CS (PLCS). Shortening pregnancy and avoiding labour affect fetal maturity. Babies who do not experience labour have significantly increased respiratory and other morbidities that may have profound effects on development, determining immediate and potentially life-long disease. It is thus surprising that obstetricians do not advocate awaiting or inducing labour even in women considering CS. Mothers must be fully informed of all the evidence before they can give valid consent and make decisions on their baby's behalf. New evidence about immunological and metabolic differences induced by obstetric interventions continues to emerge, but large knowledge gaps exist. Although all modes of delivery carry potential risk of neonatal morbidity or mortality, we conclude that normal babies would indeed 'choose' labour.
Anjita Sinha; Susan Bewley; Thea McIntosh
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in fetal & neonatal medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-0946     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101240003     Medline TA:  Semin Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Crown Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, UK.
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