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Can a C-Section Prevent Birth Injuries?

What is a C-Section?

A Cesarean delivery (C-Section) is used to deliver a baby surgically through an incision in the abdomen and uterus. Many C-sections are scheduled in advance if pregnancy complications arise or, in some circumstances, if the mother had a prior C-section. However, there are some instances in which an emergency C-section may be necessary. Learn why emergency C-sections are performed to prevent birth injuries.

Warning Signs an Emergency C-Section May Be Needed

During the labor process, doctors and other medical professionals should closely monitor both mother and baby. You may need an emergency C-Section if there are signs of:

  • Fetal or maternal distress, including, for example, evidence of fetal acidosis or the development of eclampsia
  • Umbilical cord prolapse (when the umbilical cord drops through the cervix to the vagina ahead of the baby)
  • Maternal hemorrhaging
  • Placental abruption (when the placenta pulls away from the uterus wall)
  • Uterine ruptures (tears along a previous C-section scar)
  • Failure of Labor to progressing

Birth Injuries From a Delayed C-Section

If the above issues are not addressed, and a C-section is delayed, the following birth injuries can happen as a result:

Many birth injuries occur due to oxygen deprivation for an extended time which results in fetal acidosis. When a C-section is delayed, there can be long-term consequences associated with birth injuries such as cognitive delays, emotional issues, and learning disabilities for children born with a birth injury.

Has Your Baby Suffered a Birth Injury? We Can Help.

When medical professionals misdiagnose or fail to act quickly when a baby is in distress during any moment of labor and delivery, it can result in a severe or fatal birth injury. Learning your baby has suffered a birth injury is devastating.

You have the right to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligent care. Our experienced attorneys at The Beasley Firm, LLC have decades of experience representing mothers and their children who’ve suffered a birth injury. We’ve secured record-breaking settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, and we want to help you too.

Contact our medical malpractice attorneys at (215) 866-2424 for a free consultation.