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What can happen when a C-section goes wrong

Though they usually have a happy ending, not every pregnancy and labor goes exactly by the book. Complications can make it more difficult to deliver a baby vaginally. In some cases, delivering the child via cesarean section is the medically prudent move, both for mother and baby.

Unfortunately, obstetricians do not always make the right call about whether or not to perform a C-section. Either they wait too long to order the procedure, or they are too quick to do so. Many children and parents in Pennsylvania have been harmed by medical mistakes surrounding C-sections.

Because a cesarean section is major surgery, both the baby and the mother can experience complications, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. Exposing them to this risk unnecessarily is reckless and irresponsible.

One risk that infants born by C-section face is an increased chance of developing breathing problems. Infants delivered via C-section before 39 weeks of pregnancy may develop respiratory distress syndrome, which makes it difficult to breathe. In addition, a negligent doctor might nick the infant with a surgical tool during the delivery.

The mother might suffer even more serious complications, such as blood clots, excessive blood loss and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. In some cases, blood clots become life-threatening. Long-term, undergoing a C-section raises the risk of serious complications in a subsequent pregnancy.

All of this means that obstetricians should not order a C-section unless it is necessary for the mother, the infant or both. Medical errors in judgment can have potential catastrophic implications for both mother and child.

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