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C-section risks for mother and baby

It is not uncommon for mothers-to-be in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to have a birthing plan. These might consist of certain birthing techniques, and what she will do when it is time to deliver the baby. While some women are able to live out their birthing plan, others encounter complications during labor, causing them to alter their plan. When problems and complications arise, medical professionals might suggest or make an emergency decision to perform a cesarean section.

While a C-section is considered a safe operation and method to birth a newborn, there are some complications involved with this procedure. These risks and complications could occur if a medical professional was negligent during a C-section delivery.

For the mother, there is a lengthy list of complications and risks. However, some of these are likely to occur if a negligent C-section was performed. This includes infection, blood loss, emergency hysterectomy, blood clots and death to the mother.

If a C-section is not properly performed, it could also cause injury to the baby. A newborn could suffer cuts or nicks during the procedure from surgery tools. A C-section could also cause a baby to have breathing problems, low Apgar scores or premature birth from an incorrect gestational age. Based on statistics, babies that are born via C-section are 50 percent more likely to have low Apgar scores, which could mean that a newborn is suffering from an array of health problems.

Although there are times when a C-section is necessary, it is possible that this delivery method could cause harm to the mother and baby. Therefore, if any pregnancy-related injuries or birth injuries are suffered from a C-section, it is important to understand that there are recourses available. A medical malpractice claim could help a patient collect compensation, helping them offset any damages and losses incurred.

Source: Healthline.com, "Cesarean Section Complications," accessed on Nov. 8, 2016

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