Massachusetts Medical Malpractice – Delayed Cesarean Section
When a mother gives birth, she may have to undergo a surgical procedure called a Cesarean Section. A doctor will perform a C–Section when either the mother’s or baby’s health is compromised in any way. Many times, doctors perform C–Sections with preemies because they are often in the breech position in the womb – in other words, feet and bottom first instead of the proper position of head first. Delivering a breech baby vaginally through the birth canal is extremely dangerous because the baby will not receive oxygen immediately, thus causing brain damage.
Once the doctor decides the woman must have a Cesarean Section, timing is absolutely critical. The doctor must perform the procedure immediately. If not, major complications can arise for both mother and child. If this is so, then why do doctors delay the surgery? The reason may come down to money; for example, if the mother’s health insurance will not cover a C–Section. Another common reason is the negligence of the physician or hospital staff, especially in an understaffed hospital.
A host of complications can arise from a delayed C–Section. The baby could be exposed to major distress in the womb. In that time, the uterus can rupture from the constant pressure and cause hemorrhaging. If any trauma such as this occurs, the baby’s life will be at risk. S/he could face asphyxiation, or loss of air, and die within the uterus. With oxygen deprivation, even if the child does not die, s/he may have brain damage or cerebral palsy. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative to have a C–Section done immediately if the mother is a candidate for this procedure.
A doctor should know if a mother needs a C–Section upon examining her. For example, if the mother’s pelvis is too small for a large baby to go through the birth canal, that is a definite sign of a C–Section. A breech birth is also another automatic sign. If the mother’s water breaks before contractions begin, that is a major warning sign of possible infection and an emergency C–Section must be performed. These are just a few warning signs of fetal distress that should be recognized by a doctor or hospital staff so that a mother can receive a C–Section as soon as possible.
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