When it comes to delivering a baby, a Cesarean Section, or C-section, can be a delicate and dangerous process. Because it is a surgical procedure, there are many ways that the mother or child could be at risk for injury during a C-section. Here are some examples of the risks involved in a C-section.
In general, a C-Section is considered one of the safest birth procedures. However, an infant developing breathing difficulties is a lesser-known risk of a C-section. It is a doctor’s job to monitor all aspects of a baby’s condition after birth. If they overlook signs of a breathing problem, then the baby could suffer from birth asphyxia, where the baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen. Birth asphyxia can lead to lifelong brain damage and even death.
The most common risk associated with a C-section is fetal lacerations. Because doctors know this risk is high, it is up to them to exercise extreme caution. Even a slight laceration can cause significant harm to the infant. Lacerations can cause nerve damage, umbilical cord problems, and other injuries, even bone fractures.
Delivering a baby is very much about timing, especially when it comes to a C-section. Usually, a doctor plans a C-section under one of two conditions. Either the C-section was scheduled for a specific due date, or the doctor chose to perform an emergency C-section. Especially in the case of an emergency C-section, the doctor needs to spot the warning signs that one is called for. A delayed C-section could put the life of the baby and mother at risk.
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