Early Repeat Cesarean Increases Newborn Risks

by Mona Saint MD

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that elective repeat cesarean delivery before 39 weeks increases the risks to the newborn. Risks can include respiratory problems, infection, low blood sugar, and prolonged hospitalizations. The good news is that the current standard of care is not to schedule elective cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks so this should not be an issue at many major medical centers.

Tita ATN, et al “Timing of elective repeat Cesarean delivery at term and neonatal outcomes”.   New England Journal of Medicine 2009.