Objective: We sought to evaluate number and timing of elective cesarean sections at term and to assess perinatal outcome associated with this timing. Study Design: We conducted a recent retrospective cohort study including all elective cesarean sections of singleton pregnancies at term (n = 20,973) with neonatal follow-up. Primary outcome was defined as a composite of neonatal mortality and morbidity. Results: More than half of the neonates were born at <39 weeks of gestation, and they were at significantly higher risk for the composite primary outcome than neonates born thereafter. The absolute risks were 20.6% and 12.5% for birth at <38 and 39 weeks, respectively, as compared to 9.5% for neonates born ≥39 weeks. The corresponding adjusted odds ratios (95% confidence interval) were 2.4 (2.1-2.8) and 1.4 (1.2-1.5), respectively. Conclusion: More than 50% of the elective cesarean sections are applied at <39 weeks, thus jeopardizing neonatal outcome.

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Keywords adult, article, cesarean section, controlled study, elective, female, follow up, gestational age, human, neonatal morbidity, neonatal outcome, newborn morbidity, newborn mortality, pregnancy, pregnancy outcome, priority journal, timing
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2010.01.052, hdl.handle.net/1765/19874
Journal American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Wilmink, F.A, Hukkelhoven, C.W.P.M, Lunshof, S, Mol, B.W.J, van der Post, J.A.M, & Papatsonis, D.N.M. (2010). Neonatal outcome following elective cesarean section beyond 37 weeks of gestation: a 7-year retrospective analysis of a national registry. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 202(3), 1–8. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2010.01.052