Elective caesarean not protective for cerebral palsy

The review and meta-analysis of 13 studies involving 3810 cerebral palsy cases and 1.7 million controls found overall the risk of cerebral palsy was neither increased nor decreased with caesarean delivery.

Emergency caesarean delivery was associated with a doubling of risk but this may be confounded by indication, said the researchers from the Robinson Institute, Adelaide.

Analysis of delivery for breech-presenting babies included only two studies and did not reveal any significant