Childbirth is a natural, often unplanned, process, which is why delivery staff, including nurses, midwives, and doctors, need to have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle anything that comes their way.
Some birthing situations might require the doctor to perform a Cesarean section (C-section) in order to ensure the safety of the baby and/or mother. When C-sections are performed incorrectly, delayed, or not performed at all, the mother and baby could suffer irreparable, even fatal, harm.
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Factors That Might Necessitate a C-Section
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in every 3 births in the United States is performed by Cesarean section. There are a number of reasons a doctor might make the decision to use a C-section instead of proceeding with a vaginal birth, such as:
- The cervix won’t dilate after several hours of strong contractions
- The baby’s head can’t fit through the birth canal
- Fetal distress/dangerous heartrate 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
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
Why Would a Doctor Delay a C-Section?
Doctors are required to monitor the condition of both the mother and baby during the entire birth. 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:
- Failure to properly monitor the baby or mother for signs of distress
- Failure to recognize or respond to health concerns in a timely fashion
- Insurance concerns within the hospital
- Lack of appropriate hospital staff
Consequences Delayed C-Sections & Surgical Errors
When a doctor fails to order a timely Cesarean section due to fetal distress, the baby is at risk for serious, long-lasting conditions such as:
- Birth asphyxia
- Damage to the brachial plexus (Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy)
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Cerebral palsy
- Spinal trauma
- Lacerations and contusions
Surgical mistakes during a Cesarean can cause serious, life-threatening injuries to the mother, including excessive bleeding, ruptured uterus, prolapsed uterus, infection, and accidental lacerations.
If you or your child suffered any of these injuries, you need to contact Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn to discuss your options with our experienced team. We can assess your case, identify the liable party, and gather the necessary evidence to support your claim while you focus on taking care of yourself and your child.
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