A Cesarean birth, also called a c-section, is a procedure done to surgically remove a baby from the uterus. It may be done instead of a vaginal birth for a number of reasons. For a time, c-sections were becoming quite common and were utilized for a number of reasons, many of which were not medically necessary. Today, there is concern regarding the overuse of c-sections. While they may sometimes be used improperly, c-sections are still necessary in a number of medical situations. C-sections can sometimes prevent some dangerous problems that could cause birth injuries.
Medical Reasons for C-Sections
There are a number of reasons that a c-section should be utilized during the birth of a child. According to the March of Dimes, pregnancy complications may indicate that a c-section should be considered. Some complications include:
· Placenta Problems
· Multiple Births
· Previous C-Section
· High Blood Pressure
These are all situations that are known in advance of the delivery and therefore a planned c-section may be scheduled. There are also some complications that may occur during labor and delivery that indicate the need for a c-section. Some of these include:
· Large Baby
· Baby in Incorrect Position
· Slowed or Prolonged Labor
· Umbilical Cord Prolapsed
· Fetal Distress
These can cause your labor and delivery to become difficult and can therefore increase the associated risk of birth injuries.
Birth injuries can occur during the childbirth process and may be harmful or fatal. Some of the most serious injuries happen when there is distress to the baby during birth. For example, when there is oxygen deprivation to the fetus, even for a brief period of time, it can result in brain damage and cerebral palsy. Other injuries can occur when the baby becomes stuck during birth. Pulling the baby or using forceps or a vacuum can increase the risk of damage to the baby’s shoulders and neck, which can cause permanent harm.
The doctor must be able to monitor the labor and delivery properly in order to determine whether a c-section is appropriate. The doctor should quickly evaluate the changing situation and explain the options to the parents during labor and delivery. When a c-section was not performed when it should have been and a birth injury resulted, the doctor may have been negligent.
Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries
Birth injuries are a very unfortunate circumstance and one that can quickly cause a happy birth to turn traumatic. As parents, we look to our doctors to provide the best possible care and utilize the appropriate treatments necessary to ensure a safe birth. When that does not occur, the result can be devastating. Some birth injuries can be mild and the child will recover after a few days, weeks, or months. Other times, the injuries are severe and permanent. A serious brain injury could leave the child disabled for life.
The parents of children injured at birth will face a difficult road of emotional and financial problems. Parents may be entitled to money for medical expenses, pain and suffering of the child, loss of enjoyment of life, and future medical costs. If your baby was injured at birth due to the negligence of the doctor or hospital, contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case today.
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