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Caesarean births don’t prevent children developing cerebral palsy

The long-held belief caesarean deliveries prevent the development of cerebral palsy in children has been debunked by researcher E/Prof Alastair MacLennan and colleagues.

The Australian Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Research Group, based at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute, analysed all published studies involving more than 3,800 cerebral palsy cases and almost 1.7 million healthy children.

It found the risk of cerebral palsy is not lowered by either elective caesarean before labour or emergency caesarean during labour.

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