C-section mothers have higher stillbirth risk with next child
WOMEN who give birth by a Caesarean section may have a slightly increased rate of subsequent stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy, according to a study by Irish researchers.
The study of data for 832,996 women from Danish national registers, led by Prof Louise Kenny and colleagues in University College Cork (UCC), comes against a rise in the Caesarean section rate in Ireland. The rate increased from 13pc in 1999 to 26.2pc in 2007.
The researchers looked at their first live birth – including whether they had a Caesarean section – and then followed the women until they had a stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or a second live birth.
Prof Kenny said the research found women who had a Caesarean section had a 14pc increased rate of stillbirth in their next pregnancy compared with women who had a vaginal delivery – corresponding to an absolute risk increase of 0.03pc.
But she stressed that researchers were anxious to "reassure expectant mothers that the overall risk of a subsequent stillbirth or ectopic pregnancy, while elevated, remains small".