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Cesarean Section may have a negative impact on a baby’s brain development 9/3/2015 •

Cesarean Section may have a negative impact on a baby’s brain development

Canadian scientists arrived at such a conclusion after a series of experiments with three-month-old babies. Among other things, the researchers discovered that due to this way of delivery babies may experience difficulties with focusing.


To hold the experiment, the researchers used two groups of babies: those who were born via a vaginal delivery and those who were born via C-Section.

First and foremost, the scientists defined what visual images attracted the babies' attention most of all by showing them different pictures. After that, these images were shown to the babies in the left or right part of a screen in a predictable sequence.

Judging by their eye movements, the scientists defined in what part of the screen the babies expected to see the succeeding image. Such "eye behavior" is closely related to a very important function of human brain – visual spatial attention. This function helps us recognize certain objects in the environment and focus on them.

It turned out that the babies from the second group (born via C-Section) focused on the expected images slower than the babies from the first group. These results allow us to suppose that the way of childbirth influences brain functions of a baby.

Nowadays, there is a considerable increase in the number of Cesarean Sections in the developed world. Unfortunately, the procedure is often carried out even without any medical indications, just because women are afraid to give birth naturally.

The WHO recommends that the number of such procedures should be reduced, since this surgical intervention may pose a threat to both a mother and a baby.

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Bruce Cassamajor
Bruce Cassamajor
Yes, one of my three children, a boy added that problem in younger age . However, at age of 21 is a quite brilliat computer enginner. The other two girls are sharp. I do not know. May be the risk may be1/3.
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Sep 2, 2015 10:05PM
Paul Castagnetta
i a m non cesarian.my skull is squased on 1 side.i am still amsing and awesome. cant shave head.i look l;ike the elephant man lol
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Sep 3, 2015 9:45PM
Iris Kalinowski
Iris Kalinowski
I had a c_section with my 2 child and she is very intelligent.
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Sep 3, 2015 9:45PM
Joyce Hogan
Joyce Hogan
I had three c-sections because my babes would not descend, not because I scheduled it for convenience. Tried on the second to have a v-back and hired midwives who ended up in tears. Well. with the third, you don't have an option. C-section again.
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Sep 3, 2015 9:50PM
Joyce Hogan
Joyce Hogan
And I do agree that there are too many surgeries in the U.S. Wish I wasn't part of that group!
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Sep 3, 2015 9:51PM
pttwheat
I had a c- section and my son is very smart. It was not by choose but I do feel that is the mothers right to make that decidition.
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Sep 4, 2015 1:18AM
Janice Stevenson
Janice Stevenson
I had 2 x sections and both my grown kids are extremely intelligent. One graduated college with straight A's and the other one is doing just as well with college. And I've known a lot of c section babies who were just as intelligent. What do Dr's know they give heart patients rat poison and call it warfarin. Real intelligent....
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Sep 4, 2015 2:09AM
joymduke
I had my 4 children by vaginal birth so I don't know a lot about c sections . but I do think drs perform c section to easily without a medical reason because its more conveinient for them. babies should be born naturally unless there's a medical reason to do a c section
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Sep 4, 2015 5:52AM
James Vetzel
James Vetzel
No wonder Cesare was a screw up, he just lacked focus in his life!
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Sep 4, 2015 10:34AM
Susan Spencer Herman
Susan Spencer Herman
My first was C-section and my other two were vaginal. My first learned to talk by 9 months old. She was very smart graduated top in her class in high school and college.
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Sep 4, 2015 12:28PM

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