Some birthing situations might require the doctor to perform a cesarean section (C-section) in order to safely remove the baby. There are a number of reasons a doctor might make the decision to use a C-section instead of delivering the child through the vaginal canal, including health issues with the mother or complications during labor. Other times, the mother and doctor plan the C-section well in advance of the birth, though problems with the procedure can still occur.
Situations where a mother might plan a C-section include:
- The mother has heart disease or high blood pressure.
- The mother is carrying more than one baby.
- The mother has an infection that can be passed to the baby during birth.
- The baby is upside down and must be delivered legs-first. This is known as the breach position, and it is much more dangerous than a regular delivery position.
- The baby has excess fluid in the brain or another medical condition diagnosed in utero.
Complications that might result in an unplanned C-section include:
- The cervix won’t dilate after several hours of strong contractions.
- The baby’s head can’t fit through the birth canal.
- The fetal heart rate is in distress during labor.
- The baby can’t get enough oxygen, which can result in brain damage.
- The placenta begins to detach from the uterus before labor. This is called placental abruption.
- The opening of the mother’s cervix is covered by the placenta. This is called placenta previa.
- The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck or is compressed by the uterus.
Delayed C-Section & Doctor Negligence
Doctors monitor the condition of both the mother and child prior to birth to determine if a C-section will be necessary. Despite their duty to assess the mother and child, some doctors fail to order a timely C-section and end up putting both at risk of suffering harm.
Situations where a doctor might delay a C-section include:
- Insurance concerns within the hospital.
- Oversight of symptoms or health problems with the mother or baby.
- Failure to properly monitor the baby or mother for signs of distress.
- The hospital is understaffed.
Birth injuries that can be caused by a delayed C-section include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Maternal death
- Infant death
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