What Is A C-Section?
A Cesarean section, also called Cesarean delivery or C-section, is a surgical procedure used to help deliver a baby through the use of an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. These cuts allow doctors to give birth to the baby non-vaginally. A Cesarean section may be planned ahead when the mother develops complications or if she has had a previous C-section. Many times though, the need for a first-time C-section doesn’t become obvious until labor has already begun.
What is a Cesarean Delay?
When a vaginal birth is deemed dangerous, it may be necessary for doctors to order birth via a C-section. However, any delays in ordering one can have severe consequences for both the mother and child. Some of the reasons a doctor may order a C-section can include:
- Abnormal position of the baby
- Multiple births including twins, triplets, etc.
- Prolonged labor that does not progress after several hours
- Problems with the placenta
- Umbilical cord wrapped around baby’s neck
- Existing medical conditions, including heart issues, spine problems, etc.
- Infections the mother may pass to the baby during vaginal birth
- The baby suffers from an anomaly or disorder
- Not enough oxygen is getting to the baby
When any of these cases arise, a C-section may be the only chance for a healthy birth. However, when healthcare workers delay ordering a Caesarian or delay in carrying one out, the mother and child can suffer.
What are Cesarean Delay Complications?
When Cesarean sections are delayed or performed incorrectly, they can result in:
- Cerebral Palsy – A birth injury marked by limited movement and speech that affects the child for the rest of their lives.
- Brain Damage – Caused by lack of oxygen.
- Shoulder Dystocia – An injury that can be permanent to the baby and impair their arm movements.
- Brachial Plexus Injury – An injury that affects the baby’s spine and can be permanent.
- Erb’s Palsy – A permanent movement disorder that can result from a brachial plexus injury or shoulder dystocia.
- Death – Caused by any number of delays or incorrectly performed procedures.
These complications often come with large medical bills, in addition to the cost of the lifelong care the child will need.
C-Section Delay Attorneys
If you or your child has suffered an injury as the result of a delay in ordering a Cesarean section, contact the C-Section Delay lawyers at Lopez McHugh LLP as soon as possible to discuss your options at no charge.