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Caesarean Births More Often The Last

By Daniel H. Rasolt

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2008

(Defeat Diabetes® News) -- Women who have their first child by Caesarean section birth are less likely to have subsequent children, a recent study reports. With over 600,000 births being accounted for, it was found that women giving birth to their first-born are 12 percent less likely to have more than one child than those that deliver their first-born vaginally.
A Caesarean section (commonly referred to as a "C-section"), is a form of child birth in which an incision is made through a woman's abdomen and uterus in order to remove the baby. C-sections are traditionally performed when the mother or child's life is thought to be at risk if the birth is performed vaginally, though C-sections can sometimes be performed on request of the mother.
The study does not offer a concrete explanation as to why women who deliver by C-section are less likely to have more children, though it is not thought to be for medical reasons. "We do not think it has anything to do with the medical reason for the Caesarean section, or any physical consequences of the operation," says Dr Kari Klungsoyr, lead researcher for the study. 

Source: Defeat Diabetes Foundation: Klungsoyr, Kari. Norwegian Institute of Public Health news release. April 2008.

Daniel H. Rasolt writes for Defeat Diabetes® News. Read more of his original content articles.

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