A review based on the 2nd ‘Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos’ Perinatal Symposium held in Athens, Greece, March 19, 2011.
Caesarean section: impact on mother and child
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2011
© 2011 The Author(s)/Acta Pædiatrica © 2011 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 100, Issue 12, pages 1518–1522, December 2011
How to Cite
Boutsikou, T. and Malamitsi-Puchner, A. (2011), Caesarean section: impact on mother and child. Acta Paediatrica, 100: 1518–1522. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02477.x
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 15 OCT 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 27 SEP 2011 12:45AM EST
- Received 10 July 2011; revised 20 September 2011; accepted 22 September 2011.
- Caesarean section;
- Placental anomalies;
- Respiratory distress
Maternal/foetal morbidity/mortality consequent to uterine rupture, placenta previa/increta and stillbirth may occur in repeat caesarean section (CS). Elective CS before 39 weeks increases respiratory complications, hypoglycaemia, sepsis and intensive care unit admissions. Different gut colonization in neonates born by CS accounts for increased incidence of food allergy, asthma and possibly type 1 diabetes. Epigenetic changes might be responsible – among others – for childhood malignancies.
Conclusion: Decision for primary CS should take into consideration possible maternal/neonatal complications.