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C-Section Mistakes

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The birth of your child is a once-in-a-lifetime event—a season of joyfully exuberant new beginnings as you bond with your little one. Birth is rarely pretty and even more rarely goes as planned; but nothing can be more devastating than learning that the healthy child you’ve long waited for has ended up the victim of a preventable C-section mistake.

If your child has been hurt or injured because of a poorly performed or delayed C-section, you may be entitled to compensation with help from New Jersey birth injury attorneys of Eisbrouch Marsh.

More than 30 percent of today’s births in the U.S. (approximately 1.2 million) happen via C-sections, or Cesarean surgeries, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. When these procedures go as planned, an obstetrician makes incisions into a woman’s abdomen and uterus in order to deliver the baby, while the expectant mother, thanks to an epidural, remains awake and conscious during her baby’s birth.

It used to be that C-sections occurred only when medically necessary, in circumstances when a vaginal delivery proved too risky.  Today, C-sections have increasingly replaced vaginal deliveries as a viable option in cases when mother and child are considered perfectly able to undergo a healthy vaginal delivery. These “Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request” (CDMR), or C-sections-on-demand, are on the rise.

In New Jersey, where Eisbrouch Marsh’s team of lawyers, investigators, and medical experts have been advocating on behalf of families and children whose lives have been devastated by C-section mistakes, as many as 35 percent of all births are Cesarean deliveries—this in contrast to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of a 15 percent Cesarean rate.

The WHO has found that C-sections undertaken at a frequency over 15 percent of all births tend to “offer no population health benefits.” 

Indications that a C-Section is necessary 

The following conditions may necessitate a planned C-section:

  • Breech position: The fetus is not in a head-down position conducive to vaginal delivery.
  • Decreased blood supply: If the placenta does not receive sufficient blood, the baby may have a small size.
  • Maternal condition: Any medical condition of the mother, such as heart disease, that may make labor and delivery dangerous.
  • Maternal HIV infection: This may be transmitted to the baby via vaginal birth.
  • Multiple pregnancy: Being pregnant with two or more babies that also show signs of potential problems, such as improper positioning, conjoined twins, or an overstretched uterus.
  • Other health problems: Any known health problem with the baby that may lead to a complicated labor, such as spina bifida.

Other factors may also influence a decision to have an elective planned C-section:

  • The age and/or size of the mother:Older maternal age and obesity can lend themselves to a riskier, more traumatic vaginal delivery.  Heavier women, for example, tend to have bigger babies, and bigger babies are more prone to fracturing a limb or collarbone during a vaginal birth.
  • Twins or multiple gestations: With the rise of fertility treatment, especially IVF, more and more women are having multiple babies in pregnancy, giving way to concerns about fetal growth retardation, premature delivery and other complications that justify C-sections.
  • Fewer attempts at vaginal delivery after Cesarean sections (VBAC):Many institutions feel that they do not want to allow physicians to try VBAC after a C-section because of the possible occurrence of rupture in the previous scar in the uterus.
  • An increase in induction of labor: Induced labor raises the likelihood of a C-section.
  • Fetal monitoring and evidence of compromised fetal heart rate and oxygenation of the baby: Indications of fetal distress can spur a Caesarian delivery, although in the large proportion of such cases, the babies in turn delivered by C-section prove to have no real underlying distress afterall, despite the indications.

There are also those circumstances that can call for an emergency C-section.  These include:

  • Umbilical cord problems: These problems can reduce or eliminate blood supply to the fetus.
  • Placenta abrupto: A condition in which the baby suffers from decreased oxygen supply and there is the potential for excessive bleeding.
  • Fetal distress: The fetal heart rate is monitored throughout the labor. If the fetus shows signs of a very rapid or very slow heartbeat, it is known as fetal distress.
  • Prolonged labor: Sometimes, the progression of the labor becomes very slow or stops completely. This places undue stress on the fetus and can lead to severe complications.

C-section mistakes and birth injuries

As with any medical procedure, especially one that involves surgery, things can go wrong in a C-section. Here are just a couple examples of the kinds of mistakes that can happen in a botched C-section:

  • An emergency C-section can be performed too late in circumstances where the baby may be under distress, with the result that the baby dies or is left with permanent brain damage.
  • Missing equipment and personnel can delay a C-section, resulting in brain damage or death to the child, or in mistakes made during the procedure that cause injury or trauma.

In the worst case scenarios when a C-section goes awry, the healthy baby you longed for can experience serious, even permanent birth injuries, thanks to negligence or malpractice on the part of the attending medical team.

The following are some of the injuries that can take place:

  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Organ perforation
  • Bone fracture
  • HIE
  • Stillbirth

New Jersey birth injury lawyers

If your baby has suffered birth injuries from a botched C-section, you may be eligible for compensation. Our able team of New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers and investigators can sift through medical records, hospital protocol and other documents, to determine what went wrong and whether the doctors and nurses themselves, or the hospital, or both, may be held liable for your pain and suffering.

By filing a birth injury lawsuit in New Jersey, you may be awarded much-needed compensation for medical bills, therapeutic expenses, and other damages. Call Eisbrouch Marsh today at 201-977-6758. We can help you take the first steps towards healing and recovery. We serve New York City, Long Island, and all of northern NJ, including Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Middlesex, and Essex counties.