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Birth Injury Attorneys: C-Section or Vaginal Delivery

Michael Becker

Birth injury attorneys understand the joy of bringing a new life into the world. But they also know the devastation that can happen when something goes wrong. Complications from a C-section or vaginal delivery may lead you to file a birth injury claim.

Vaginal Delivery or C-Section: Determining Which Is Right for You

There isn’t always the choice when it comes to the method of delivery. If it is safe, a vaginal delivery is generally the preferred way. That’s because it is a natural event that a woman’s body is designed to undergo.

Physically, it is less taxing on a woman’s body. Healing tends to be quicker with this method. Even though there can be significant amounts of blood, it is blood that was designed to be lost during a birth. Whereas, during a C-section, surgical cuts are made that the body must heal

You will also spend less time in the hospital. Within a day or two you can usually go home, which most women prefer to do. Of course, this could also save you money with a shorter hospitalization.

Vaginal deliveries reduce the risks of certain complications for the baby, such as:

  • asthma;
  • respiratory problems (fluid in the lungs);
  • persistent pulmonary hypertension (deprivation of oxygen);
  • lactose intolerance; and
  • food allergies.

Women also benefit medically because there is a reduced risk of:

  • blood clots;
  • internal organ damage;
  • hemorrhaging; and
  • postpartum pain.

Future labor and deliveries tend to be shorter and faster. There are even emotional bonds that some women tie to vaginal deliveries, especially because they usually can hold their newborns right away.

Despite these benefits, there are also risks with a vaginal delivery. And there may be more positive reasons to plan for a C-section.

Scheduling a C-section is convenient and can make planning much easier and less stressful.

A C-section also prevents delivering past the due date. The woman doesn’t have to endure an extra week or more of being pregnant.

There are also reduced complications associated with C-sections, including:

  • lacerations to newborn;
  • infection;
  • injury to abdominal organs;
  • anesthesia problems; and
  • injuries stemming from the use of vacuum extraction or forceps.

Women are less likely to experience trauma to the pelvic floor or urinary incontinence. Of course, like vaginal deliveries, there are also risks with undergoing a C-section.

Deciding which is right for you is something that needs to be discussed with your doctor. Of course, even if you do plan for a vaginal delivery, things can still go wrong, and you may need an emergency C-section.

Despite the planning that sometimes goes into labor and delivery, it should be kept in the back of the mind that it doesn’t always go the way you would like. Each birth is unique with varying circumstances that could change things in a moment.

Seeking Help from Birth Injury Attorneys in Cleveland

It’s important to understand that although most births happen without serious incident, there are things that can go wrong. While some of the complications are unavoidable, others are a result of careless or reckless behavior.

Whether you had a vaginal delivery or a C-section, if you believe that the doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist or another healthcare provider acted in a negligent manner, and it caused injury to your baby, you may be able to file a claim. Compensation for your child’s medical expenses and future care may be available.

Birth injury attorneys at The Becker Law Firm are here to help. We will evaluate the details of your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim. To learn more about your rights and the options that may be available after a birth injury, schedule your free consultation by calling (440) 252-4399.

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