Fetal C-Section Injury

Fetal C-Section Injury

A cesarean section, or C-section, may be performed in emergency circumstances to save a mother or child’s life. If there are known vaginal birth risks, a C-section may also be scheduled in advance. C-section injury poses greater risks than vaginal delivery. This surgical procedure was developed for traumatic situations and should only be used when medically necessary.

Reasons for C-Section

Suspected medical conditions, such as macrosomia, may cause the mother to prefer a cesarean section. A petite mother will endanger her child if she attempts a vaginal birth with an infant that is large for the gestational age. It is a common concern that the infant’s shoulder bone could catch on the mother’s hip, resulting with asphyxia or brachial plexus injury. Planning for a C-section allows the parents to avoid vaginal birth complications that may be predicted.

There are many reasons why a C-section may be needed, but some major indications are:

Debating Delivery Alternatives

The purpose of a cesarean section is to ensure the health of the infant in cases where vaginal delivery may be detrimental. A C-section places greater health risks on the mother. However, it is possible for a C-section injury to happen to the infant as well. If the health care provider suggests a scheduled C-section, the expecting parents need to consider why the surgery was suggested.

There may be alternatives to aid in vaginal birth if the C-section is not a necessity. Expecting parents may request that the obstetrician provided a written comparison of all health risks associated with their options. This list will offer a better understanding of the medical indications for the C-section, enabling the parents to plan for the safest delivery of their child.

Risk of Fetal C-Section Injury

The infant’s safety is typically the first concern of expecting parents. A mother may not mind her increased risk of C-section injury, as long as she knows her child will be healthy. It is important that expecting parents know the hazards of C-section injury for the infant as well. Individual risk may vary, depending on personal factors such as pregnancy complications, how the C-section is performed, and whether it was a planned or emergency procedure.

C-section injury to the infant may include:

 

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