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Trends and complications of cesarean sections and induced labor may lead to birth injury lawsuits

HealthBeat recently reported on the amount of cesearean sections in the past 35 years. Results show that numbers have tripled. Expectant mothers are likely now, more so than ever, to choose a c-section in advance rather than undergo a vaginal birth. In addition, according to another research study, the number of induced births has also increased. It has been reported that nearly 40% of births are electively induced – meaning that there was no medical necessity requiring the induction.

But while these numbers are growing, so are the complications attributed to each of these procedures. During induction, women are administered the drug Pitocin. Because induced labor is often painful, women are also given an epidural. Epidurals can increase the chances of a vacuum or forceps being used during delivery. Furthermore, because babies born by induced labors can often be born too early, the babies will likely be required to stay in the hospital’s neonatal care unit a lot longer than most infants.

Similarly, as addressed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS): “Cesareans are associated with higher rates of surgical complications and maternal re-hospitalization as well as with complications requiring neonatal intensive care unit admission… In addition hospital charges for a Cesarean delivery are almost double those for a vaginal delivery.” Moreover, c-sections are major surgeries which require the patient to recover afterwards. This recovery can often take several weeks.

But while more and more women are choosing to undergo these pre-planned types of births, other women don’t have a choice. At times, c-sections are vital and if not done properly or efficiently, they can often lead to other birth injuries. It is extremely important for healthcare professionals to be cautious and thorough when dealing with such emergency situations in order to minimize error and avoid birth injury lawsuits. However, as our Chicago birth injury attorneys know, that is not always the case.

One example is a medical professional’s delay in performing a c-section. This type of mistake can often lead to brain injuries in the child as well as other birth defects. Unfortunately, these and other errors occur all too often at the hands of medical professionals. If you or someone you know has been injured during labor, please contact one of our Illinois birth injury lawyers at Levin and Perconti today.

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