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Unnecessary C-sections could lead to serious injuries, fatalities

Many expecting mothers in Pennsylvania want to have a vaginal delivery. However, complications during labor could make it necessary for the woman to have a cesarean section (C-section). But, C-sections are a major operation, and unfortunately, sometimes, they are unnecessarily performed, which could result in pregnancy related injuries.

If a mother is having a low-risk pregnancy, a C-section may not be needed. In fact, according some researchers nearly 50 percent of C-sections performed in our nation are not necessary. This is troublesome as a C-section is a major operation that exposes the woman to significant health risks.

One physician from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine reports that the number of C-sections performed rose from 1995 to 2007. However, there was not a decline in neonatal deaths, and more importantly, there was an uptick in maternal deaths.

Moreover, a physician from the Harvard Medical School reports that annually as many as 20,000 surgical complications were caused by unnecessary C-sections. For example, a woman could suffer from sepsis from an unnecessary C-section. In addition, an unnecessary C-section could cause hemorrhaging or damage to a woman's organs, and one could lead to blood clots or even a heart attack.

These types of injuries could be fatal. One study reported that mothers who receive a C-section, despite having a low-risk pregnancy, were three times more apt to pass away or experience significant complications, when compared to mothers who gave birth vaginally.

As this shows, physicians should not be too quick to perform a C-section. It is a major operation that should only take place when necessary. Unfortunately, many women are unnecessarily given a C-section and subsequently suffer from serious injuries following the procedure. When this happens, it is important for women to consult with an attorney to understand their legal rights.

Source: Consumer Reports, "Your Biggest C-Section Risk May Be Your Hospital," Tara Haelle, May 16, 2017

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