Doctors say increasing numbers of women are having C-sections or inducing pregnancies early. Those choices of convenience may be causing additional medical challenges for their newborn children.
“As many as 40 percent of women are having scheduled C-sections or scheduled inductions of labor two, or sometimes three weeks before their due dates,” says Dr. Eugene Toy, quoting numbers from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Toy is an obstetrician and gynecologist at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Houston. He says, “There is an increasing risk for infections, increasing breathing problems and (the children) will also be going into the neo-natal ICU.”
Developmental issues are possible, too.
Doctors are working with the March of Dimes to inform mothers about the risks.