Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that as many as a thirds of all births in the U.S. are performed by cesarean section (C-section). This figure reflects a sharp rise in the number of C-section births performed in recent years – and an overall 60 percent increase since 1996.
C-sections can offer important – and sometimes life-saving – benefits, but they also carry risks not present in natural births. The majority of these risks are associated with various forms of medical malpractice.
It used to be that C-sections were primarily reserved for situations where they were medically necessary. For example, if a mother is losing a significant amount of blood or a large baby is in the breech position, a C-section may be necessary to protect the health of both mother and child. Today, however, the rise in C-section rates is largely driven by three non-medical factors:
However, due to the risks and financial costs associated with C-sections, there is a growing movement in the medical community to return to a focus on performing C-sections only when they are medically necessary. Unfortunately, even with medically-necessary C-sections, mothers and babies still face the dangers of medical malpractice.
Doctors who make mistakes while performing C-sections may be liable for medical malpractice. Malpractice during C-section births can lead to complications such as:
Injuries to the Mother Due to C-Section Malpractice
Injuries to the Fetus or Newborn Due to C-Section Malpractice
Failure to Perform a Necessary C-Section
On the flip side, there is also a risk that a doctor will fail to perform a medically necessary C-section. If your doctor proceeded with a natural birth when you should have had a C-section, this too can give rise to a claim for medical malpractice.
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