C-section and large infants

Pregnant women with large infants are often subjected to C- section in the belief that this decreases the risk of injury to the infant during the birth process. A review done at the University of California at San Francisco and at Boston, Mass, reveal that this practice is poor medical and fiscal practice. They observed that to prevent one case of brachial plexus injury during birth between 19 and 162 cesarean sections would have to be performed.
Diabetic women tend to have larger babies. Between 5 and 48 caesareans would be required in this group. (Obstetrics and Gynecology 89:643-647, 1997) Copyright 1997 Phylis Austin

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