Not long ago, Caesarean sections were considered too invasive and expensive to perform often, and were only done when unavoidable. In recent years, however, the number of C-sections has skyrocketed, and nearly one in every three women giving birth in a hospital today chooses to have a C-section or requires one.
The procedure has become more common, in part, because it is now much easier to set up and perform safely. It is also easier in many ways to accomplish than normal delivery, leading some OB/GYNs and other medical care providers to encourage mothers to opt for a C-section. But C-sections still carry serious risks for birth injuries that can have serious effects on both mother and child. Consider the following:
- For a mother, the most common birth-related injuries occur during or after a C-section and include infection, blood loss, injury to another organ (such as the bladder), blood clots in the lungs or legs and bowel problems.
- For infants, complications from C-sections can lead to injury during the delivery and serious breathing problems. In some cases, oxygen deprivation during a C-section can cause the infant to suffer brain damage.
Ultimately, the choice of whether to give birth by Caesarean section or naturally should be made by a mother and her physician or other practitioner (midwife, doula, etc.) who she trusts to provide reliable guidance and advice depending on her circumstances. Of course, if complications arise, a C-section may become necessary in order to protect both the mother's and baby's health.
Regardless, if you gave birth by C-section and you or your child is suffering from injuries sustained during the procedure, you may be entitled to compensation. Consult an experienced Chicago birth injury lawyer at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices to learn more about your legal options.