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Birth injuries may result from unnecessary cesarean sections

In New York, a woman having a baby may be full of anxiety. While giving birth is one of the most natural events that can occur, many things can go wrong, placing both mother and child at risk. The number of women who deliver their babies by cesarean section is higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Some believe having a C-section may protect the mother or the child from birth injuries.

C-sections are typically used when emergencies arise during childbirth. Advancements in medical technology allow health care professionals to be more aware of fetal distress and to react sooner to any monitor readings suggesting the baby is in danger. Some feel doctors often over-react, but there may be good reason for this. In the past year, OB-GYNs made up 85 percent of doctors who were sued for malpractice in the United States. One of the most common reasons parents sued their doctors was because the doctor failed to diagnose a problem.

Although more women are electing to have C-sections for a variety of reasons, the majority of them seems to arise from perceived crises in the delivery room. C-sections are expensive and may require a lengthy period of recovery. However, doctors are willing to risk the complications of surgery than to face the consequences if they lose a patient for reacting conservatively to signs of distress.

Whether a woman delivers without surgery, elects to have a C-section or is rushed into the operating room in an emergency situation, there is always a risk. Doctors may miss signs of distress or somehow injure the baby or mother during surgery. Birth injuries may bring a lifetime of medical care and personal suffering to a family. Those in New York who have endured trauma during childbirth often contact an attorney for guidance in pursuing a medical malpractice claim.

Source:, "Why Is The US So Addicted To C-Sections? Rates For The Procedure Keep Going Up", Abby Norman, Aug. 16, 2016

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