Are Babies Delivered By C-Section Put At Risk?

African American mother breastfeeding her baby boy( — A new study finds that mothers who deliver vaginally after a cesarean section are less likely to have their babies admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit. However, babies delivered by elective, repeat c-section double the chances of being admitted into the NICU.

These c-section babies are also more likely to have breathing problems requiring supplemental oxygen, the researchers say.

“In addition, the cost of the birth for both mother and infant was more expensive in the elective repeat c-section group compared to the vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC) group,” noted Dr. Beena Kamath, the study’s lead author and a clinical instructor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver.

The study appears in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.