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Study Links Vitamin D To Caesarian Births

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A new study by the Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston Medical Center finds that women who are Vitamin D deficient are four times more likely to give birth by caesarian section.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer reports.

The researchers say the link between c-sections and low Vitamin D levels mean pregnant women should make sure they get enough of the vitamin.

The study's lead author, Boston University Medical School professor Anne Merewood, says the best source of Vitamin D is not supplements, but the sun.

MEREWOOD: It's very untrendy to say people should spend time in the sun, but I do think that sensible, moderate sun exposure — not going out there and getting burned and getting skin cancer, but some sun exposure — would definitely help people's levels to go up.

Merewood says low Vitamin D levels could weaken a woman's contractions during delivery, making natural childbirth difficult.

This program aired on December 24, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

Sacha Pfeiffer Twitter Host, All Things Considered
Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.

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