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When is a cesarean section a medical necessity?
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When is a cesarean section a medical necessity?

In the past, women with complicated pregnancies faced the likelihood of difficult and complicated deliveries. Thanks to medical advancements, there are options for those for whom a natural delivery is not possible, such as through a cesarean delivery. There are specific times when this type of intervention is not only prudent and safest, but a medical necessity as well.

It is the responsibility of an Oregon doctor to know when a patient can benefit from a c-section delivery. He or she should carefully monitor patients throughout their pregnancies and especially once they go into labor. Failure to monitor progress or notice signs of distress could delay a c-section, making it more likely that a baby or mother will suffer harm. Mistakes during delivery can lead to permanent physical damage and other detrimental consequences.

Unplanned c-section deliveries

There are many reasons why a c-section delivery could be the optimal route for a specific medical situation. Some of the most common reasons why a doctor will schedule a c-section or intervene with one during delivery include the following:

  • The baby is in an abnormal position in the womb, and it would be dangerous to deliver the child naturally.
  • Labor stalled and is not progressing as it should, increasing the chance for complications for mother and child.
  • The fetus is showing signs of distress during delivery, such as a lower heart rate.
  • Diagnostic tests and ultrasounds revealed the baby has certain defects that could make delivery dangerous.
  • The mother has a chronic health condition or has had previous c-section deliveries in the past.
  • The cord prolapsed, making a vaginal deliver extremely dangerous.
  • The mother is pregnant with multiple babies, or there are issues with the placenta.

When pregnant mothers receive proper medical care throughout their pregnancies, a doctor can often diagnose issues and foresee potential problems with delivery ahead of time. This allows him or her to have more control over the delivery, providing the highest standard of care for at-risk babies and mothers.

Delayed c-section

When a mother does not get a c-section when it’s medically necessary, it can lead to devastating consequences. Doctors and care providers are responsible for providing treatment a patient needs, and in labor and delivery, this includes deciding when it’s time to do a c-section. If you or your child suffered because of low-quality care or poor decisions during childbirth, you could have grounds for a civil claim.