Advanced Maternal Age results in a higher rate of Cesarean sections

 

A cesarean section, also known as a c-section, is when an incision is made on the abdomen to deliver a baby. This can be planned ahead of time, or can be done if complications arise during labor. There are various reasons a c-section may be done including (Mayo clinic):

 

-Placenta previa  

-Baby in abnormal position  

-Baby is in distress 

-History of previous c-sections  

-Labor is not progressing  

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There is some debate as to what percentage of births should be from c-section, but the overall rate has undeniably increased over time. The concern is that “cesarean sections may cause short- as well as long-term consequences for both the mother and the child and impose further risks in future pregnancies." (Rydahl et al, 2020).  

 

Using data from Denmark, Rydahl and colleagues wanted to determine if there was a correlation between cesarean sections and increasing maternal age. Advanced maternal age (AMA) has been suggested to be one cause of the increase of c-sections due to higher risk for pregnancy-related complications in older women. Looking at over a million births over 18 years they found a positive correlation between age and c-section rates, supporting the hypothesis that older women are more likely to get a c-section.

 

Interestingly, it did not matter if a pregnancy developed complications or any other factors “the association could not be explained by demographic characteristics, maternal comorbidities, or complicated pregnancies. (Rydahl et al, 2020). The authors of this study suggest that age should be added as a risk factor for c-sections. 

 

If your doctor recommended and performed a C-section that ended in injury to you or your baby, you may have serious questions. The team at the Holton Law Firm is here for you. We can answer your questions, consider the details of your case, and help you pursue compensation. Contact us today by starting a live online chat on our website. 

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