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What are the risks of a C-section?

Expecting mothers in Pennsylvania often develop a birth plan. This not only focuses on the needs of the soon-to-be mother, but also provides the mother some calm and ease as the birth nears. And while some birth plans go as planned, unexpected issues can occur. These issues can alter the plan or even lead to errors in the birthing process.

Whether a mother plans for a Cesarean section or not, this birthing process presents many risks for medical errors. What are the risks of a C-section? While risks are present to the mother because a C-section is considered a major surgery, a C-section poses several risks to a newborn infant as well.

When a baby is born by a scheduled or an emergency C-section, the risk of breathing problems is present. Newborns could develop transient tachypnea, which is when the infant is breathing abnormally fast. This is a greater risk if the C-Section occurs before 39 weeks of pregnancy. It also increases the risk of other breathing problems such as respiratory distress syndrome, which is a condition that makes it difficult for the baby to breathe.

If a C-section is performed without proof that the baby's lungs have reached maturity and the C-section wasn't performed as an emergency surgery, this could be considered medical negligence. A negligent doctor could be held responsible for any medical problems that resulted from the doctor's medical error.

When birth injuries occur from either a C-section or a vaginal birth, it is important to understand whether these could have been avoided or prevented. If birth injuries were a result of medical malpractice, a civil action could be filed, helping to recover compensation to pay for medical expenses and other related damages.

Source:, "C-section," accessed Dec. 21, 2015

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