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Induction Increases the Risk of C-Section and C-Section increases Newborn Infection

Posted Jun 23 2010 10:24am
Labor Induction and the Risk of a Cesarean Delivery Among Nulliparous Women at Term , a recent study published with the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (July 2010 - Volume 116 - Issue 1 - pp 35-42) gave the following conclusion
Labor induction is significantly associated with a cesarean delivery among nulliparous women at term for those with and without medical or obstetric complications. Reducing the use of elective labor induction may lead to decreased rates of cesarean delivery for a population.
This makes for even more worrisome fodder, as the study also includes this information
Labor induction was used in 43.6% of cases, 39.9% of which were elective.
Inductions for 43.6% of cases?! How many inductions are too many? And, based on the information given just previously, how many of those resulted in maternal or newborn risk?

Another study printed with the National Academy of Sciences researched what microbiota habitat a newborn at birth... depending on their mode of birth. The small study found that
those born vaginally tended to get colonized by bacteria such as Lactobacillus from the mother's vaginal canal. C-section babies, however, got more Staphylococcus, a type of microbe usually found on the skin and one that sometimes causes nasty infections . - "Babies' First Germs Depend On Type Of Birth", Chao Deng, NPR
So, in conclusion, to lower cesarean rates and increased risk of newborn strep infections, we should stop inducing for mundane reasons. To lower strep infections, lower the risk for newborn death, respiratory distress, incidences of autism and other SENs, and modestly lowered IQ scores, we need to stop inducing so much.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, people. Oh, the tangled web we weave.
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