Cesarean section, neurological development

Infants born by cesarean section are apparently deprived of the catecholamine surge induced by vaginal birth. A study of 30 infants demonstrated less optimal neurological responses in those delivered by cesarean section. The authors feel that high catecholamine levels may be important in the infant’s neurological development in the first few days after birth. (Early Human Development 26:51-60, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

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