Cesarean versus Vaginal Delivery
"In the United States, the rate of cesarean delivery (CD) has increased up to 48% since 1996, reaching a level of 31.8% in 2007. This trend is reflected in many parts of the world, with the most populous country in the world, China, approaching 50% and some private clinics in Brazil approaching 80%.
Although a significant number of CDs are preformed for obstetric indications, some are simply because of maternal request and may incur several risks for the child. Well known among these risks are neonatal depression due to general anesthesia, fetal injury during hysterotomy and/ or delivery, increased likelihood of respiratory distress even at term, and breastfeeding complications.
Concurrent with the trend of increasing
CD numbers, there has been an epidemic of both autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, Crohn disease, and multiple sclerosis, and allergic diseases,
such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis"
Read full article: http://www.perinatology.theclinics.com/article/S0095-5108(11)00029-7/fulltext
Vaginal Birth vs. Cesarean Section - Pros and Conse
There are - as always in life - two sides of a coin. As we would not like to sound like a typical
med-company trying to make a sales pitch here, please refer to the external site
where you do have a brief overview provided and reviewed by James Brann, M.D.
Read full article: http://www.womenshealthcaretopics.com/VaginalBirthvsCesareanSection.html
Documentation on Arte (German language)
Maternal Vaginal and Intestinal Flora
"During vaginal delivery, the contact with the maternal vaginal and intestinal flora is an important source for the start of the infant's colonization.
During CD, this direct contact is absent, and non-maternally derived environmental bacteria play an important role for infants’ intestinal colonization. Some authors have
suggested that the composition of the very first human microbiota could have long lasting effects on the intestine in breast fed infants."