Cesarean delivery, also known as c-section, is a surgical procedure doctors use to deliver your baby through two incisions—one in your abdomen and a second in your uterus.
Healthcare professionals perform c-sections as an alternative to vaginal delivery for a variety of reasons. However, c-sections pose several serious risks to both mother and child, and doctors must carefully consider the likelihood of their occurrence before deciding whether a c-section is necessary and advisable.
Risks to your baby include:
- Breathing problems—Babies born by c-section are more likely to develop abnormally fast breathing during the first few days after birth. C-sections done before 39 weeks of pregnancy or before your baby has developed sufficient lung maturity may also increase the risk of other breathing problems, including respiratory distress syndrome—a condition that makes it difficult for the baby to breathe.
- Surgical injury—Cuts to your baby’s skin can occur during surgery
Risks to you include:
- Inflammation and infection of the membrane lining the uterus—This condition, known as endometritis, can cause fever, foul-smelling vaginal discharge and uterine pain.
- Increased bleeding—A c-section usually involves more bleeding than a vaginal birth.
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Blood clots—The risk of developing a blood clot inside a vein is greater after a c-section than after a vaginal delivery. If a blood clot travels to your lungs, it can be life-threatening.
- Wound infection
- Surgical injury—Surgical injuries to nearby organs can occur during a c-section. If this happens, additional surgery might be needed.
- Increased risks during future pregnancies—After a c-section, you face a higher risk of potentially serious complications in a subsequent pregnancy, including bleeding and problems with the placenta, than you would after a vaginal delivery.
- Uterine rupture—The risk of uterine rupture is higher after a c-section. Uterine rupture is a life-threatening emergency.
If you or your baby has suffered any of these results after having a c-section, you may be eligible for compensation.
Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to take reasonable care, either through negligence or oversight.
Taking reasonable care is a legal obligation. If a medical professional does not take care or makes a foreseeable error and you or your baby is injured as a result, then you may be eligible to receive compensation.
How We Can Help
C-Section errors can seriously affect both you and your child. At Perey Law, we have a long record of winning medical malpractice lawsuits for clients who have suffered birth trauma as a result of medical malpractice.
If you or your baby has suffered a cesarean-section birth trauma, your doctor may be at fault for the injury, and you may be eligible for compensation.
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