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The risks and complications of C-section deliveries

Expecting mothers in Connecticut may be unaware of what risks exist whenever a C-section is performed. This type of delivery procedure carries higher risks during labor than vaginal birth and could also take longer to recover afterwards. There are specific risks to both the mother and her baby.

In some C-section deliveries, the mother could experience increased bleeding, an adverse reaction to anesthesia, an infection to the membrane lining of the uterus, an infection of the wound or a surgical injury. There are also some complications that could be life-threatening in nature, such as the development of a blood clot inside a vein. The risk of a blood clot in the legs or pelvic organs is much greater in a C-section delivery, and if it travels to the lungs, it could be fatal.

When a baby is delivered by C-section, breathing problems such as transient tachypnea can develop, which could cause abnormal breathing for a few days after birth. The risks are greater if the C-section is performed without proof of whether the baby's lungs are mature enough to handle the procedure. This could cause respiratory distress syndrome. Women who have had a C-section face a higher risk of difficulties in future pregnancies. This could include critical injuries such as increased bleeding or problems with the placenta or uterine rupture, which is life-threatening in nature.

If proper care is not administrated during the C-section, a serious birth injury could occur. If a woman has had a C-section delivery and has experienced either injury to her child or herself, a medical malpractice attorney can determine if financial compensation could be obtained through a lawsuit to help in the recovery process. This could help to pay off expensive medical bills and ensure the proper medical treatment is continued as necessary.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Risks", accessed on Jan. 21, 2015

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