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UCD/ESRI Study: Obesity in Irish, First-time Mothers Linked with Caesarean Rates

The rate of emergency caesarean section in Irish mothers is twice that of Eastern European women who give birth in Ireland, according to a study from University College Dublin (UCD) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

The results also found that Irish women are more likely to be obese, smoke, and have an induction of pregnancy.

Research Finds Postpartum Obesity More Prevalent Amongst Disadvantaged Women

Women who are socio-economically disadvantaged are 42% more likely than those in the highest income group to be obese following childbirth, according to researchers at University College Dublin (UCD) and the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI).

More than 10,000 mothers living in Ireland took part in the study, which was published recently in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and forms part of the national Growing Up in Ireland project.