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Cesarean section injuries can happen

Over the past 10 years, cesarean sections have become more common. For this reason, the number of injuries associated with this procedure are also on the rise.

There are time when a C-section is necessary, such as:

-- Fetal distress

-- Placental problems

-- Diabetes

-- Active genital herpes

-- Lack of progress during labor

-- Infant in breech position

-- Uterine ruptures

-- If the unborn baby is diagnosed with a birth defect

It doesn't matter if a C-section is necessary or not, it is important that the medical team is well aware of the risks and how to avoid them.

For example, fetal laceration is a common concern. This is most common when the procedure is performed by an unskilled doctor.

Another concern is a delayed C-section. For instance, if the doctor waits too long to perform the procedure, it could cause a variety of injuries: lack of oxygen to the infant, physical development delays, and an increased risk of physical injuries.

Finally, as with every type of surgery, hemorrhaging is a concern. If this becomes a problem, it is possible that the mother will need a blood transfusion.

Due to the fact that a C-section can cause injury, most medical professionals do their best to prevent this. Even so, there are times when it is necessary. If you are faced with this procedure, make sure you speak with your doctor about possible complications. This will give you a clear idea of what to expect, and how to deal with anything that may come about during or after the procedure.

Source: Birth Injury Guide, "C-Section Injuries," accessed April 25, 2016

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