Unfortunately, not all pregnant women will be able to give birth vaginally due to complications of pregnancy and risks of labor. Many women may experience these risks and complications during pregnancy and / or labor that can result in the need for an elective or emergency cesarean section. It is important that medical professionals recognize the indications for cesarean delivery and the associated potential risks and complications that may possibly result in life-threatening conditions for mother and baby.
At Aldous / Walker, we want people to know what factors increase the risk of need for cesarean section as well as the various complications that can arise out of the procedure itself. Our Dallas birth injury attorneys are fully aware of the details of these situations. We aim to make sure our clients understand their options if any of the complications arise due to error caused by the doctor or other medical professional.
Factors Increasing the Possibility of C-Section Delivery
The risks of potential need for cesarean delivery include but are not limited to:
- Prolonged labor
- Emergency situation (wrapped umbilical cord / nuchal cord)
- Premature labor
- Malposition of the fetus (breech)
- Preeclampsia / Toxemia
- Placental abruption
- Fetal distress
- HELLP Syndrome
- Large baby / Macrosomia
Possible C-Section Complications
The situation in which a complication occurs as a result of a C-section is not as common due to the advanced medical technology available to doctors and other medical staff. However, it is still wise to understand what can go wrong and what can be done to help. The complications of a C-section, should they occur, can be very dangerous and threaten the health of the mother and possibly the baby.
Complications of a C-section include, but are not limited to:
- Post-surgery infection or fever
- Organ damage or injury
- Emergency hysterectomy
- Blood clot
- Reaction to medication or anesthesia
- Emotional trauma
- Formation of scar tissue and difficulty with future pregnancies and deliveries
Unfortunately, some instances of complications can result in serious harm to the baby or even the death of the mother. Knowing the complications and what increases the risks can help you be better informed and work towards having a natural birth and a healthy newborn.
If a doctor has to perform an emergency cesarean section, it is most likely due to circumstances where the doctor and health care providers have determined that it is safer to deliver the baby through operation than to allow vaginal labor to continue. In some instances, a baby may be at risk for injury and an emergency C-section is used to help alleviate the risk of injury to the baby. This is used often when babies have the umbilical cord wrapped around the neck or “nuchal cord” or during placental abruptions—when the placenta separates too early. Some of the problems during the pregnancy can be caught through proper monitoring by the doctor. If this is not correctly done, the issue with the baby can occur and a C-section may be necessary.
Our Dallas birth injury lawyers at Aldous \ Walker believe that if a doctor error resulted in an emergency C-section and either the mother or baby was harmed, the doctor should be held accountable for his or her actions along with the hospital as well. Our firm has helped countless clients reach the favorable resolution they desire. If you have a legal matter and you need assistance in seeking compensation, call Aldous \ Walker today.