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Brain bleeding in vaginal births

31st January 2007

A new study has found small brain haemorrhages occurred in a quarter of newborns after a vaginal birth.

Researchers led by John Gilmore at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine carried out MRI scans of 88 normal babies, 65 of whom were delivered vaginally.

They found that one in four of the vaginally delivered newborns had small intracranial haemorrhages, but there was no bleeding in the brains of babies delivered by caesarian section.

They emphasised that this did not mean that vaginal delivery was inherently risky, and called for further studies into the phenomenon.

The babies were studied using a 3-Tesla MR machine, without anaesthetic, between the ages of one and five weeks, the researchers said.

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