In most cases, giving birth via Cesarean section (C-section) is seen as the safer way to deliver a child. However, take note that this doesn’t mean C-sections are completely devoid of risks. Some of these risks include:
For the Child:
Respiratory disorders like transient tachypnea
Skin abrasions from surgical equipment
For the Mother:
Increased risk of injury in future vaginal births
Development of blood clots
Adverse reactions to anesthesia
There will be times when a doctor will ask if you prefer to give birth via C-section several weeks before your expected due date. If your doctor asks you this, counter by asking what the risks of a C-section are. Doctors are required by law to explain the potential risks of any procedure so that patients can make informed decisions.
In the event that you develop complications from a C-section which your doctor failed to warn you about, seek the help of a respected birth injury lawyer. Failure to disclose procedural risks is a legitimate reason for medical malpractice lawsuits.
Truth be told, the risks of a C-section are very rare, especially if your doctor is very thorough with his or her work. As such, choose your doctor wisely.