Learn About The Pros and Cons of C-Section Births

In a previous entry, we shared news of a family receiving a $19.3 million settlement because a delivery room doctor did not immediately perform a cesarean section (C-section).

In this article, we’ll look further into C-section deliveries and the risks and benefits associated with them.

What is a C-section delivery?

Simply put, a C-section delivery is a surgical method to deliver a baby through the mother’s abdomen and uterus rather than her vagina.

When does a C-section delivery make sense?

There are times when a C-section delivery is definitely in the best interest of the child and mother alike. Perhaps the child is not positioned correctly, is larger than average, doesn’t have enough blood and oxygen supply or there are multiple babies in the womb.

What are the risks associated with having a C-section?

First, we need to be clear that a C-section delivery is not minor surgery, and there are serious risks associated with the procedure. Some reports say that unnecessary C-section deliveries could be responsible for over 20,000 life-threatening surgery complications annually.

Some of the complications associated with C-section births include:

  • Blood clots
  • Heart attacks
  • Damage to organs
  • Sepsis (an infection complication that can be life-threatening)
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Formation of scar tissue that can lead to difficulties with future pregnancies
  • Loss of oxygen and fractures for the child

Tips for Having a Positive C-Section Delivery Experience

Because it’s best to educate yourself about decisions you may have to make about the childbirth process, here are a few points to keep in mind for your birth plan.

  • Discuss all options – including pros and cons – with your health care provider
  • Familiarize yourself with the anesthesia and other medications that will most likely be used during a C-section
  • If policies at your health care facility permit, try to have someone with you during the procedure for support

The Fitzgerald Law Firm Can Help You

When all is said and done, the overall goal during delivery should be a healthy baby.

If, however, you’ve had a C-section delivery and you or your baby are experiencing problems, you need the expertise of an attorney skilled in medical malpractice and birth injury law. We’ve successfully handled birth injury cases for well over 40 years, and we can help you.

Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation by calling 800-323-9900.