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Common C-section risks and mistakes

A cesarean delivery, or C-section, is a useful surgical method for delivering a baby in certain circumstances. It involves incisions in the abdomen and uterus. A C-section is often utilized in circumstances where a natural birth may be dangerous for the child and/or mother.

While many C-sections are successful, there exist potential complications. Because it is a major type of surgery, any mistakes can cause drastic injuries to the mother or baby. Here are some of the risks of C-sections and mistakes doctors can make.

C-section risks

Babies born by C-section have a higher chance of developing breathing problems. The surgeon may also cause accidental injuries to the skin during the procedure. The mother has various risks, including an infection of the uterus lining (endometritis), heavy postpartum bleeding, blood clots, incision infections and surgical injuries to the bowel or bladder.

Untimely procedure

Doctors sometimes fail to perform C-sections in a timely manner. Health care professionals should recognize the signs that may indicate a C-section is preferable or necessary. Common indicators that a C-section may be recommended by a health care provider include fetal distress, pre-eclampsia, stalled labor or carrying multiple babies. If a doctor fails to perform a C-section at the right time, he or she may be liable for any injuries that occur due to this negligence.

Botched procedure

Even when an OB/GYN recognizes the necessity of a C-section, he or she may still make errors during the procedure. Common mistakes include making lacerations on the mother or child or improperly closing the wound. If the mother or child develop any injuries due to the mistakes of the doctor, there may be a basis for a medical malpractice claim.

Having clear and consistent contact with a health care provider is vital to prevent any complications from occurring. Ultimately, doctors bear responsibility for ensuring a safe delivery.