Two new studies indicate that cesarean sections may be riskier than many people believe.
One study showed that, among Canadian women who chose from the start to deliver their babies via cesarean, the number of severe complications they experienced was triple that of moms who delivered their children vaginally.
The common problems were infections, blood clots and major bleeding.
A second study, which compared the health outcomes among some 36,000 mothers, found that women who chose a C-section birth could suffer unintended consequences including prolonged labor and ruptured uterus. Also, infants in the cesarean group were more prone to be premature or stillborn and small.