When Is a C-Section Necessary?
A skilled, experienced, and diligent doctor should be able to recognize any warning signs that may warrant the need for a cesarean section, or C-section. This, this procedure is often planned. Common reasons for planning a C-section include:
- he baby is in a head down position close to the delivery date
- The mother is carrying more than one baby
- The mother has high blood pressure or heart disease
- The mother has an infection that could be transferred to the baby
- The estimated weight of the baby is 9 pounds or more
Unplanned C-sections are also quite common. During pre-delivery, a doctor might determine that this procedure is necessary for the safety the mother or baby. Some of the reasons why an unplanned C-section might be necessary include:
- The baby or mother are exhibiting signs of distress
- Delayed or difficult labor
- The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck
- Uterine rupture
- Placenta previa
- Blocked blood supply to the baby
Causes of a Delayed Cesarean Section
Delay is often a result of poor monitoring. If appropriate monitoring does not occur, significant problems such as fetal distress might go unnoticed. Other times, the procedure may be delayed because of hospital errors, medical professionals who are not prepared, or neglect. A delayed C-section might even be potentially fatal for the mother, possibly leading to excessive blood loss.
Common birth injuries that stem from failure to order a C-section include:
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brachial plexus injury
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