Centers for Disease Control statistics show that 1.2 million cesarean section (C-section) deliveries are performed in the United States every year. In some cases, doctors make mistakes while performing C-sections, causing injuries to mothers or their children. C-section mistakes can cause brain injuries in newborns and infections in mothers. A doctor can cause a C-section mistake in several different ways.
What Are Common C-Section Mistakes?
- Failure to perform a C-section: Doctors can fail to detect fetal distress, such as an irregular heart rate or sporadic blood pressure. Infants can also become entangled in the umbilical cord. These are situations where doctors should perform a C-section to save the life of the baby. When doctors fail to perform C-sections, newborns can suffer oxygen deprivation, which may result in permanent brain damage or death.
- Failure to plan a C-section: Doctors should detect health conditions that require C-sections beforehand. Some health conditions make childbirth impossible, but can be caught in early pregnancy. For example, if the placenta is malfunctioning early in birth, natural childbirth could be deadly for the infant or mother. An OB/GYN should be able to detect these conditions long before mothers go into labor.
- Failure to perform C-section properly: Doctors can botch C-sections and injure mothers or their newborns. Injuries to mothers include lacerated or punctured organs and infections. Newborns can suffer broken bones and oxygen deprivation.
Children who suffer brain damage from C-section mistakes can develop conditions that require around-the-clock care. Mothers who believe their OB/GYN injured their children during birth should contact a birth injury attorney to explore legal options.
The Tampa Bay medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro Law Group have decades of experience holding hospitals accountable for birth injuries.