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Surgical deliveries require weighing risks and benefits

When a woman goes into labor, she will have either a vaginal delivery or a surgical delivery. In most cases, a surgical delivery isn't done unless there is a medical reason for the surgery. It is important for the medical professional who is overseeing the woman's case to ensure that the risks of the C-section delivery are outweighed by the benefits to the mother and the baby.

There are some reasons why a C-section delivery might be the best option for a woman. These include instances in which the baby is in a transverse position. Some breech positions, especially when the baby is premature, might also require surgical delivery. Other indications for a C-section include when the baby shows signs of distress, when the umbilical cord is prolapsed, when labor stops or when the baby can't safely fit through the birth canal.

We understand that many women don't go into labor thinking they will need a surgical delivery. It is crucial that the woman understands any risks of infection, reaction to the anesthetics used, inflammation, surgical injuries like nicked organs and blood clots before the C-section is performed. Even in the case of an emergency C-section, proper consent is still important.

When a C-section is properly indicated and performed, the mother and baby can come out of the surgery healthy. When issues arise, the mother and baby might be harmed. In those cases, medical malpractice lawsuits might be an appropriate course of action because they hold the medical professional accountable for the negligent actions that led to the complications or birth injuries.

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