Many expecting mothers have dreams and plans about how their labor and delivery will progress. You may have toured the hospital, written your birthing plan and taken Lamaze classes with your partner. Delivering a healthy baby is your primary goal. However, there are times when complications during labor and delivery change all of that unexpectedly. When this occurs, your doctor may need to deliver your baby quickly through incisions in your abdomen and uterus. This is known as an emergency cesarean section (C-section).
Reasons for an Emergency C-Section
There are many reasons why your doctor may decide to perform an emergency C-section. These emergency procedures are not taken lightly. They are performed quickly because either the mother or the baby’s health is in serious jeopardy. Immediate delivery is sometimes the only option to prevent maternal or fetal death.
Some of the most common reasons for an emergency C-section include:
- Fetal distress
- Maternal distress
- Prolapsed umbilical cord
- Maternal hemorrhage
- Placenta previa
- Placental abruption
- Uterine rupture
Is Medical Negligence to Blame?
Sometimes a medical professional fails to perform a timely C-section or makes a mistake during an emergency C-section. The delay in performing a C-section can cause serious harm to the mother or the baby.
If you suspect that medical negligence may have caused you or your baby harm, it is important to speak to an attorney with extensive medical malpractice knowledge. It is important to discuss your case and your situation with an attorney as soon as you are able.
Your baby may have suffered serious harm due to inadequate monitoring or a delayed delivery. As a result, your baby may require a lifetime of specialized care. You will need money to help pay for your child’s medical expenses and long-term care. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can hold your doctor or medical professional accountable for their negligence and protect your family’s rights during the legal process.
Contact Our Providence Birth Injury Lawyers Today
If you or your baby suffered harm after an emergency C-section, you will have many questions. Was medical negligence to blame? Was there a way to prevent my baby from suffering harm? During this time, you need a compassionate and experienced lawyer on your side.
At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd, our Providence birth injury attorneys represent injured babies and mothers after a devastating labor and delivery injury. Call us today at (401) 283-0745 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case.