The Risks of Unnecessary C-Sections

Apr 10

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently pointed out that there has been a huge increase in the rate of Caesarean sections over the last few decades. According to the report dated April 2015, the ideal rate for C-section operations in both developed and developing countries is at 10 to 15 percent. However, the rate of C-sections performed in the United States almost doubles this number. At present, the rate of births via C-sections in the U.S. is at 33 percent. According to a separate set of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that translates to roughly around 1.3 million Caesarean section deliveries.

In their report, WHO emphasizes that these growing numbers is a cause for concern. The huge discrepancy between current C-section rates and the prescribed ideal rate show that millions of unnecessary C-sections are performed all over the world. While C-sections can be extremely beneficial when medically justified, unnecessary surgical births can cause more harm than good. As pointed out in the WHO report, the operation can lead to “significant and sometimes permanent complications, disability or death particularly in settings that lack the facilities and/or capacity to properly conduct safe surgery and treat surgical complications.” It’s crucial that medical professionals prevent such outcomes by resorting to C-sections only when the safety of both mother and baby are threatened by particular complications. One such complications is placenta previa—a condition where the placenta is obstructing the opening of the uterus, preventing the baby to be delivered naturally through the birth canal.

According to the website of the Ausband & Dumont Law Firm, physicians who endanger mothers and babies through a unnecessary C-sections can be held accountable for the carelessness of decisions. This is because doctors are continually held according to high standards accorded by their profession. By pursuing an unnecessary surgical procedure, they could end up causing unintended outcomes. This is particularly true when such redundant procedures lead to birth injuries or even wrongful death. In these scenarios, the aggrieved patient can decide to pursue just compensation through a medical malpractice suit.

If you are dealing with a similar problem caused by an unnecessary C-section, it’s best to consult with experienced legal counsel in your area.

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