Older mothers who have caesarean are THREE TIMES more likely to experience ...

Older mothers who give birth by C-section are THREE TIMES more likely to experience severe complications such as bleeding Women over the age of 35 are at a greater risk of haemorrhaging, for example   Rates of C-sections are increasing - now occur in one in four births in the UK Researchers studied more than 4,900 births to compare complications 

By Kate Pickles Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 09:20 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 09:21 BST, 1 April 2019

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Older mothers who give birth by caesarean are three times more likely to experience severe complications than those who give birth naturally, a study found.

Those over 35 – classed as geriatric mothers – were at greater risk of serious complications such as haemorrhaging following childbirth if they underwent the surgical procedure.

Even in younger women, the chances of problems after a caesarean were 1.5 times higher for a mother than for vaginal births.

Experts said the findings raise serious questions over current guidelines for the procedure, particularly when it comes to older mothers.

One in every four pregnant women in the UK now has a caesarean birth, often when a natural birth is deemed too risky.

Older mothers - over the age of 35 - who give birth by caesarean are three times more likely to experience severe complications than those who give birth naturally, a study found

Older mothers - over the age of 35 - who give birth by caesarean are three times more likely to experience severe complications than those who give birth naturally, a study found

They can be life-saving interventions for both mother and child when complications occur, such as bleeding, foetal distress, hypertensive disease, and breech babies.

Rates have increased from 19.7 per cent in 2000 to 26.2 per cent in 2015, putting Britain among the highest performers in Western Europe.

Under NHS guidelines, expectant mothers are also entitled to request the procedure if they are fearful of a natural labour.

While avoiding some after effects of labour such as urinary incontinence, the procedure can lead to scarring of the womb, which heightens the risk of complications during future births.

Rising levels of obesity are also thought to have contributed to the increase.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF A LATE PREGNANCY? 
Increased risk of complications for both mother and infant during pregnancy and delivery (although the actual size of the risk may be small). Greater risk of general maternal health problems, such as high blood pressure, which can contribute to complications. Higher risk of miscarriage in women above the age of 35. Higher risk of having twins or triplets, which is itself associated with

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