Updated December 14, 2021 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff
A cesarean section (or C-section) is a major surgical delivery method that involves making incisions in the mother’s abdominal wall and uterus. In the United States, nearly 1 in every 3 women deliver through C-section rather than through vaginal delivery. If you have a healthy pregnancy, it is best to deliver your baby through vaginal birth. However, in some instances, a C-section is the safest way to deliver your baby.
Although C-sections are generally considered safe, they pose a higher threat to mothers and babies. Because it is a major surgery, the recovery time is longer, and the surgery can raise the risk of having problems with current and future pregnancies.
Most C-sections are scheduled surgeries, but some C-sections are unexpected emergency deliveries performed when complications arise during labor.
A doctor may schedule a C-section if:
A doctor may perform an emergency C-section if:
C-sections are generally considered safe, but there are risks with any type of surgery. Potential risks as a result of cesarean section delivery include:
In some cases, doctors fail to schedule a C-section even when the warning signs are present. Failure to detect fetal distress, negligent fetal monitoring during labor, failure to closely monitor the mother for distress, and failure to secure an operation room in time to perform the surgery are all causes of delayed C-sections. Delayed C-sections can lead to infant brain damage, cerebral palsy, autism, increased risk of physical injuries, and physical developmental delays.
If you believe that your child has been injured as a result of cesarean section delivery, your first step is to reach out to a birth injury lawyer. An Indianapolis birth injury lawyer and staff can help you build a case and get you and your child the help you need.
With a strong and trustworthy attorney, you’ll have someone advocating for what’s rightfully yours. Contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham for a consultation to decide how to best move forward with your case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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