Childbirth comes with inherent risks–it is a major trauma on the body for the mother and a delicate process for the new child. Yet, because it occurs so frequently and is a natural part of the human experience, those inherent risks are often downplayed. Usually it is only after a tragedy that community attention is yet again reminded of the need to be incredibly vigilant about all aspects of this process.
The recent hospitalization of actress Tori Spelling is also a reminder of the dangers of the process. Spelling gave birth to her fourth child three weeks ago. The baby was born via C-section on August 30th. Uniquely, this was Spelling’s second child in one year. She gave birth to her third baby in October of last year. That prior birth was also via C-section. That means Spelling had two C-sections within eleven months of each other.
However, this week the mother suffered some problems. She apparently needed emergency surgery due to complications from the most recent C-section birth. The representative for Spelling did not provide many more details about what might have gone wrong.
Dangers of Multiple C-Sections
Those familiar with childbirth risks note that multiple C-sections often come with inherent risks. For example, one doctor noted in a Fox News story on the situation that “if there are short intervals in between, it can make the healing process more difficult.” The doctor went on to note that some of the most common reasons requiring emergency surgery after a Cesarean section include a bowel obstruction, bladder damage, vaginal bleeding, or an infectious abscess needing to be drained.
However, the medical professional also noted that there is a chance (though less likely) that the doctors left some instrument inside the mother’s body. Unfortunately, potential medical mistakes are always at play.
The long-term consequences following these cases run the gamut, but no surgery is without risk. Also, it is not uncommon for a mother to lose her uterus following more advanced problems after a C-section.
All of these issues regarding C-section complications have been hotly debated in the medical community. Surgical births always come with more complications, but they are absolutely critical in some situations to prevent harm in problematic vaginal births. In addition, there is disagreement about whether it is ever prudent to have a vaginal birth after a C-section (VBAC). In the past these procedures were deemed too risky, but some argue that, in the right circumstances they might be appropriate.
None of this is to say that having more than one C-section is never a reasonable action. However, it does mean that special precautions must be taken at all times when these particular risks are at play. Medical professionals must act prudently to account for the potential complications. They may not be able to prevent all harm. But when complications arise and a medical professional did not do everything reasonable to minimize the dangers, then it might be prudent to contact an attorney.
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