Nowadays, more than one out of every four women who give birth across California and the United States do so through a cesarean section. In some cases, patients have C-sections because they experience emergency circumstances during the birthing process. In others, patients deliver through this method because they have done so before, and physicians typically encourage them to do so with any subsequent children they have. C-section deliveries are more dangerous than vaginal deliveries, however, and they have the potential to endanger both mother and child. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we recognize the risks that come with having babies through C-sections, and we have helped many families who experienced hardship during or after delivery seek recourse.
Per the American Pregnancy Association, babies delivered via C-section are more likely to have breathing or respiratory issues than babies delivered vaginally. Your delivering physician may also cut or nick the baby during the birthing process while performing your procedure. Your C-section baby may also have a lower APGAR score than he or she would otherwise immediately after birth, with babies born via C-section twice as likely to have low APGAR scores than babies born vaginally.
While a C-section exposes your infant to risk, it does the same for you. Your risk of suffering substantial blood loss is higher when you give birth in this manner, and depending on how much blood you lose, you may develop anemia or end up needing a blood transfusion.
You may, too, develop adhesions or scar tissue inside your pelvic region after delivery, which can lead to long term pain and discomfort. Additionally, you run the risk of developing an infection any time you go under the knife, and a C-section delivery is no exception. Find more about birth injuries and medical malpractice on our web page.