Are Unnecessary C-Sections Risking the Safety of Mothers and Newborns?

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the increase of caesarean sections (C-sections) worldwide, including the United States. According to WHO, many of the procedures are being done even when it is not medically necessary.

Data released by WHO shows that one in three women are receiving the operation during labor in medium and high-income countries.

WHO is alarmed over C-section rates because there is a threshold when the procedure can cause new mothers more harm than good. High numbers of patients receiving C-sections can put mothers and babies at risk for injuries.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, women who receive C-sections are at risk for infection, injury to organs, adverse reactions to anesthesia and death. Newborns can be injured by lacerations or fractures that might result in birth injuries, such as brachial plexus palsy.

Although there are negative risks associated with any medical procedure, sometimes C-sections are necessary to prevent birth injuries. For more information about when C-sections should be performed, please explore our website.

Are Unnecessary C-Sections Considered Medical Malpractice?

Providing risky medical procedures without any benefit to the patient could be considered medical malpractice when a patient is injured or killed. Patients who have been injured by negligent care while receiving medical treatment can contact an attorney to explore available options.

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