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J Perinatol. 2009 Nov;29(11):726-30. doi: 10.1038/jp.2009.108. Epub 2009 Jul 23.

Previous cesarean section and the risk of postpartum maternal complications and adverse neonatal outcomes in future pregnancies.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine University of California Irvine, Orange, CA, USA. annagalyean@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess maternal postpartum and neonatal outcomes associated with previous method of delivery.

STUDY DESIGN:

We analyzed prospectively collected maternal and neonatal data from July 2002 to December 2003. Data were collected from dedicated perinatal database and neonatal database from discharge and procedure codes. Groups were: (i) multiparous, prior vaginal delivery (VD), and (ii) multiparous, prior cesarean (CS). This group was subdivided by subsequent pregnancy trial or no trial of labor (No TOL). Results were compared with chi (2)-analysis; significance P<0.05.

RESULTS:

There were 17 406 births. Prior CS patients without trial of labor (TOL) required more blood transfusions, intensive care unit admissions and hospital readmissions than women with a prior VD. Prior CS patients with TOL required more aminoglycosides for postpartum infection. Term neonates of (CS) mothers without a TOL were more likely to have prolonged hospitalization and require ventilatory support.

CONCLUSIONS:

In their subsequent delivery, women with a prior CS delivery are at significant risks for postpartum maternal and neonatal morbidities compared with parous patients who experienced a prior VD.

PMID:
19626026
DOI:
10.1038/jp.2009.108
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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