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Cesarean Section: A Birth Injury Attorney Discusses Possible Complications

The Becker Law Firm, LPA

There are many reasons a cesarean section may be required during birth. The size, position and weight of the baby, as well as underlying conditions of the mother, can all play into the decision to have a C-section. Unfortunately, this decision does not come lightly. Though it may be required to safely remove the baby from the mother’s womb, a C-section also comes with many potential complications that may harm the mother or her baby. If your child suffered an injury, it’s important to contact a Cleveland birth injury attorney as soon as possible.

Possible complications include:

  • Blood loss (mother) – Too much blood lost in a C-section can lead to anemia or even require a blood transfusion.
  • Problems with breathing (baby) – Children delivered by C-section often suffer from tachypnea, a condition that causes the baby to breathe abnormally fast. This is often due to underdeveloped lungs, which could lead to more breathing problems down the road such as asthma or respiratory distress syndrome.
  • Infection (mother) – Mothers are at risk for infection in their uterus, nearby organs and incision site after a C-section. Infection of the membrane of the uterus is called endometritis and can cause inflammation, fever, discharge and pain in the uterus.
  • Birth injury (baby) – According to AmericanPregnancy.org, an estimated one to two babies of every 100 born sustain lacerations, having suffered cuts to their face or body from the doctor’s C-section incision. Other instances of birth injury include cephalohematoma, brachial plexus, clavicular fracture, and facial nerve palsy.
  • Blood clotting (mother) – C-sections come with a high risk of blood clotting, especially in the legs, lungs, and pelvic organ.
  • Low APGAR scores (baby) – Upon birth, babies are assessed and given an APGAR score by the attending physician. APGAR scores take into account: reflexes, breathing ability, heart rate, muscle tone and skin color. Babies born by C-section are more likely to have lower APGAR scores due to the anesthesia involved or fetal distress suffered during the delivery.
  • Increased recovery time (mother) – Typical recovery for a vaginal birth is about two days in the hospital and one to two weeks for a full recovery. For a woman who delivers via C-section, it usually requires three days in the hospital and four to six weeks for a full recovery.
  • Premature delivery (baby) – If the baby was delivered too early or the delivery date was incorrectly estimated, this could result in low birth weight or underdeveloped lungs, both of which could require treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
  • Mortality (mother) – The rate for mortality among women delivering via C-section is much higher than that of those who have a vaginal delivery. According to WebMD, there are approximately six deaths for every 100,000 scheduled cesarean sections and 18 for every 100,000 emergency ones.

Contacting a Cleveland Birth Injury Attorney for Help

If your child suffered a birth injury or you were injured due to a cesarean section, considering filing a claim to recover any medical costs or damages you have incurred. Contact us at (440) 252-4399 to discuss your case with an attorney at The Becker Law Firm today.

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