Increase In Premature Births Caused By C-Sections

May 29, 2008

A new study has shown that the increase in the number of premature births in the U.S. is due to the increasing practice of Cesarean section births, or C-sections..Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that the increase in the number of premature births in the U.S. is due to the increasing practice of Cesarean section births, or C-sections.

The research was done over 9-years from 1996 to 2004 by the the March of Dimes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Over that period of time, the number of premature births increased by 60,000 each year. What they found though was that out of those premature births, 92% were C-sections, showing a link between the two.

Over the 9-year period the number of C-sections increased by 36%, with premature births increasing only 10%.

The majority of premature births were not very early either, between 34 and 36 weeks.

Regardless a premature births puts the infant at risk of complications.


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