Late caesarean ups risk of future preterm births

C-section at full dilation can put women in high-risk category

Caesarean section at full dilation increases the risk of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies, an Australian study shows.

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Based on the findings, researchers from Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital suggest that mothers who have a caesarean at full dilation should be closely monitored and counselled about taking steps to prevent spontaneous preterm birth in later pregnancies.

The findings may also warrant referral to a high-risk obstetric or preterm birth clinic for subsequent pregnancies, they say.

The cohort study followed 2672 women who

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