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Cheryl Bird, RN

Vaginal Births Better for Preemies Than C-Sections

By February 16, 2012

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Many modern babies are delivered by cesarean section, particulary preemies. About half of all preemies are delivered by c-section, compared to about a third of full term babies. A new study, presented in Dallas last week at at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, suggests that cesarean delivery may not be what's best for premature babies. Preemies studied, especially those who were small for their gestational age, or SGA, had up to a 30% greater chance of having respiratory distress syndrome if they were delivered surgically than if their moms had a vaginal birth.

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