Narrator: This is Science Today. After years of decline, Caesarean sections are on the rise and are increasing in first-time moms. But for first-time mothers over forty, this is not surprising. A University of California, Davis study found moms over forty are twice as likely to have Caesarean sections and experience more complications than first-time mothers in their twenties. Dr. William Gilbert, who led the study, says these findings will support more clear-cut expectations.
Gilbert: So that women over forty having their first baby would expect that they're probably going to have some kind of intervention. The outcomes are good, however knowing about that intervention is probably important.
Narrator: The higher rates of complications in older women include hypertension, gestational diabetes, and early labor.
Gilbert:This information hopefully will allow us to counsel women who come in either preconceptually or early in their pregnancies on the potential risks and pregnancy outcomes.
Narrator: One aspect of the recent increase in C-sections in first-time moms may be that the rates of first-time moms in their forties are also on the rise. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.