Is Your C-Section Medically Necessary?

July 30, 2015 | Crandall & Pera Law
Is Your C-Section Medically Necessary?

A new article from the British Medical Journal published on June 10 recommends that guidelines for Cesarean delivery as a delivery method should be reviewed. The recommendation is made in light of new evidence that links C-sections with childhood chronic disease and long-term health issues.

Dr. Jianmen Liu of Peking University and Dr. Jan Blustein of New York University’s School of Medicine reviewed a series of studies that linked C-sections and chronic health issues. During the review, the team found some 20 studies that connect Type 1 diabetes with C-sections, 23 that linked the delivery method to asthma, and 9 related to obesity.

Understanding the risks with C-sections

In some cases, a Cesarean section is a potentially life-saving medical procedure – for both the baby and the mother. It allows for safe delivery during complicated births, and can help prevent debilitating conditions caused by anoxia or hypoxia, where the baby does not get enough oxygen to his or her brain and suffers permanent brain damage as a result.

However, C-sections are still surgical procedures, and that means there will be risks to the mother and the child. If a surgeon cuts too deeply or in the wrong spot, both the baby and the mother could risk permanent scarring or excessive bleeding. The study references “caesarean [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][sections as being] associated with increased risk of admission to a neonatal intensive care unit,” especially if the procedure was not planned, or if the child had to be delivered prematurely.

If the procedure is delayed and the doctor must now rush, if the anesthesiologist makes an error, or if there is a secondary problem that is not addressed by the medical providers, both mother and child are at potential risk for life-long repercussions.

Choosing a C-section can affect both your life and the life of your child forever. Making an informed decision can mean the difference between a healthy child and a sickly one. We invite you to contact Crandall & Pera Law to learn more, or to learn whether your child may have been the victim of labor or delivery negligence. We maintain offices in both Ohio and Kentucky for your convenience.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]