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12 February 2018

Long-term risks and benefits associated with cesarean delivery for mother, baby and subsequent pregnancies: Systematic review and meta-analysis

This systematic research review described the long-term risks and benefits of caesaren delivery for mothers, babies and subsequent pregnancies. The study found that caesarian delivery was associated wth reduced rates of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in mothers but with long term negative outcomes for babies. Babies had a greater likelihood of developing asthma or becoming obese in childhood. In terms of the consequences of caesarian delivery for subsequent pregnancies, this type of delivery was associated with future subfertility and several subsequent pregnancy risks such as placenta previa, uterine rupture and miscarriage and stillbirth.