Should hospitals reduce the number of C-section deliveries?
Cesarean deliveries account for about one-third of all live births in the United States. That’s more than double the World Health Organization’s recommended range of 10 to 15 percent, according to The New York Times.
The Times article, an opinion piece, argues that doctors are too quick to recommend a C-section delivery. This type of operation, which is the most common surgery performed in the United States, should be reserved for rare conditions and for some high-risk women.
Risks related to C-section deliveries include:
As experienced childbirth injury attorneys in Atlanta, we know that C-sections can be life-saving for the mother and the baby. The procedure involves making an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus and removing the baby from the mother’s body. In some cases, a doctor delays a C-section, which can have disastrous consequences for the baby. The doctor might ignore warning signs such as:
- Prolonged labor
- Unusually fast or slow heart rate of the mother or unborn baby
- Unusual fetal positioning or presentation
A delay or failure to perform a C-section can cause serious childbirth injuries such as:
- Multi-system organ failure
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain injury
What are the most common reasons for C-sections?
The Times article details the two most common reasons doctors cite for performing C-sections. One is called “arrest of labor” or “failure to progress,” which is when labor is stalled. The other factor that often triggers a C-section recommendation is the unborn baby’s heart rate, which the Times describes as “unreassuring fetal heart tones.”
According to the Times article, “Experts believe that probing these two areas could unlock the mystery of too many C-sections, and curtail them.”
One hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, has reduced the number of C-sections by half over the past 10 years, according to the Times. Administrators told the Times they believed many of the procedures were unnecessary.
While no one wants to see unnecessary C-sections performed, doctors should move cautiously when recommending a vaginal birth for a woman who may be experiencing the warning signs listed above.
What to do if your baby suffered injuries or died during childbirth
If a baby dies or sustains injuries during childbirth, the doctor and hospital should be held accountable. Families are left heartbroken and devastated as a result of a medical provider’s negligence.
Contact us for a free consultation if you believe your doctor was negligent during the birth of your child. The insurance company might argue the doctor did nothing wrong. Don’t discuss the case with them. Let us speak fight for you. At Tyrone Law Firm, PC, we will investigate on your behalf and get to the truth. Contact the birth injury lawyers at Tyrone Law Firm, PC today.