Of course there are times when c-section is absolutely necessary, and a woman’s right to chose is important. But I haven’t seen any comments about the risks to the baby. Informed choice means knowing all the information!
Here are some excerpts from different articles I found on the internet (sites listed after the blurb):
"For the baby delivered by C-section, there is less likelihood of
successful b___st feeding and a greater risk of breathing difficulties
and asthma in childhood and later in life, the report says. Cesarean
section also increases the risk of future infertility for the mother,
the report says, as well as increased risk of problems with the
placenta or rupturing of the uterus in future pregnancies, which can
be serious medical emergencies. (Newsday -- Health)"
"Vaginal births may take longer, but women who deliver by Cesarean
section are more likely to develop infections, report poor delivery
experiences and be re-hospitalized. What's more, C-section babies are
less likely to be b___stfed and are at higher risk for breathing
problems and asthma, according to research conducted by the Maternity
Center a__sociation, a New York-based advocacy group that promotes safe
and effective maternity care."
"A new study has indicated that Caesarean section babies have a higher
risk of food allergies and diarrhea during their first year of life.
Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany looked
at 865 babies. All of them were b___st fed during their first four
months of life.
Researchers say that C section babies are more likely than other
babies to have diarrhea during their first year of life. Their
chances of being allergic to cow's milk are twice as high as babies
The researchers reckon that C section delays (or alters) the normal
bacterial colonization of the baby's gut. It is thought that gut
bacteria play a vital role in the development of our immune systems.
The researchers suggested that a v____ally delivered baby is picking
up bacteria from the mother's v____al and a___l area while a C-section
baby is picking up other ones from the hospital environment.
Some health experts are saying that there are flaws in the study. For
example, about 25% of C section babies are born two to three weeks
early. This early birth could be playing a role in the findings rather
than the C section."
"Babies born via caesarean section (C-section) may face a higher risk
of food allergies and diarrhea as infants than others, a new study
German researchers found babies born via C-section were twice as
likely to be sensitive to common foods, such as cows' milk, at 12
months of age as babies born v____ally. C-section babies were also
more likely to have diarrhea during their first year of life...
The study showed that neither colicky pain nor eczema -- symptoms
a__sociated with food allergies -- during the first four months was
a__sociated with the method of delivery.
But babies born by C-section were 46% more likely to have diarrhea up
to age 12 months than v____ally delivered babies.
In addition, C-section babies were also twice as likely to be
sensitive to cows' milk and any of the other five food allergens
tested at age 12 months.
Researchers suggest that babies delivered via the v____al ca___l
acquire the mother's v____al, intestinal, and other bacteria, which
may help protect them and promote a healthy immune system. But babies
born via C-section acquire bacteria from the hospital environment that
may increase the risk of food allergies and other problems."
"An interesting article in the April, 2001 issue of the Journal of
Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that children born by
C-section are more likely to develop asthma than children born
In the study, done in Finland, researchers were able to obtain data
from the National Public Health Inst_tute on asthma, allergic
disorders and obstetric history for 2000 people born in 1966 who
survived to age 31. C-section was done in 5.3% of the population
studied and was strongly a__sociated with current doctor-diagnosed
"A new study of women with stalled labor shows that Cesarean sections
are more likely than v____al deliveries to result in prolonged
hospitalization and serious bleeding for mothers, with no significant
gain for the health of the newborn...
British researchers say women who are stuck in the middle stage of
labor are better off having a v____al delivery, even when injurious
instruments are used, and that C-sections should be avoided if
For newborns C-section was a mixed bag. They were 2.6 times more
likely than those delivered by forceps to require intensive care, but
their risk of bruises, sc___pes and other injuries was 60 percent
lower, the researchers say. On the other hand, 13 C-section babies had
blood infections, compared with only six in the v____al delivery
group. The number with jaundice was roughly equal, but tilted more
The findings appear in the Oct. 13 issue of The Lancet."
"The incidence of persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns
delivered by cesarean section is nearly five times higher than that
observed among babies delivered v____ally, according to a database
a___lysis of deliveries at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center, in
Among 25,318 deliveries between 1992 and 1999, 4301 were cesareans,
report Dr. Elliot M. Levine and a__sociates in the March issue of
Obstetrics & Gynecology. The incidence of persistent pulmonary
hypertension was 4.0 per 1000 live cesarean births, compared with 0.8
per 1000 live v____al births.
The authors suggest that labor and v____al delivery, perhaps by
physical compression in the birth ca___l, is advantageous for the
pulmonary vascular bed of the neonate."
Dr. Ann Honebrink of the University of Pennsylvania, points out that a C-section is major surgery that carries risks of bleeding and infection, and requires a longer recovery period. Honebrink also says there's no proof that elective C-sections help women avoid incontinence or s_xual woes.
"I think we'll look back [on elective C-sections] in 10 years and think that maybe this wasn't so good," Honebrink says. She notes that C-sections leave scar tissue and adhesions that may make it more difficult for a woman to get a proper colonoscopy or make it more likely she'll have complications if she needs additional surgery later in life, such as a hysterectomy.
Researchers from New York University found that a cavity-causing bacterium that grows on tooth surfaces appeared much earlier in babies delivered by C-section than in those delivered v____ally. The study evaluated 156 mother-infant pairs.