Study sees more complications, higher C-section rates

01/21/2009 | USA Today

U.S. researchers say a 50% increase in Caesarean deliveries between 1998 and 2006 correlates with a higher rate of severe complications for women. A government study that looked at two time periods -- 1998 to 1999 vs. 2004 to 2005 -- found a 90% increase in blood transfusions, 50% more blood clots and a 20% increase in kidney failure. A study co-author said that while the data do not prove C-sections caused the complications, tracking such problems associated with the surgery would be useful.

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