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An unnecessary Cesarean-section can be dangerous

There is no denying the fact that a surgical birth is often the best option. However, as an expectant mother, you want to know if your medical team is making the right decision.

Take for example the need for an emergency Cesarean-section. This could come into play due to a variety of concerns, such as if the placenta begins to block the cervix.

Conversely, there are times when a C-section is performed when it is not medically necessary. When this happens, both the mother and baby are at risk of being harmed.

On the plus side, life threatening complications are rare regardless of how a baby is delivered. Even so, here is something to think about: Women with a low risk pregnancy have a greater chance of suffering serious complications during a C-section. This can include but is not limited to infection, heart attack and blood clots. Another reason to avoid an unnecessary C-section is that this increases the likelihood that future children will be delivered in the same manner.

In an overall sense, a vaginal delivery is better than a C-section for both the mother and baby.

When the time comes to give birth, you hope that your medical team knows exactly what they are doing every step of the way. This will ensure that you can concentrate on the labor and delivery without second guessing what is going on around you.

Unfortunately, there are times when a woman and/or baby are injured due to an unnecessary C-section. If this happens, you should first seek the best medical care. From there, you can determine if somebody acted in a negligent manner. If so, you may want to learn more about seeking compensation.

Source: Consumer Reports, "Your Biggest C-Section Risk May Be Your Hospital," Tara Haelle, accessed July 20, 2016

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