The Risks of a C-Section

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

  • Bacterial infections

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.


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