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Are C-sections dangerous?

| Jul 26, 2018 | Birth Injuries

Many women undergo Cesarean deliveries every day in New York hospitals. According to the Mayo Clinic, a C-section is a surgical procedure that comes with risks over a vaginal delivery. However, vaginal deliveries also have risks. Getting a C-section is often the only option to preserve the health and safety of you and your baby. Sometimes a C-section is less risky than trying a vaginal delivery.

C-sections may be prearranged if the doctor sees signs that one is warranted. More often, though, it is a decision made during delivery. If you or your baby are undergoing stress during the delivery, it may be safer to take the baby through a C-section than wait for the natural delivery process. Often, with the birth of multiple babies, a C-section is needed to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Umbilical cord issues are another reason this type fo delivery may be required. Your doctor will carefully assess the situation and make a decision that he or she feels is in your best interest and in the best interest of your baby.

With that said, having a C-section can increase your risks for infections, blood loss and blood clots. It also comes with risks of adverse reactions to the anesthesia and damage to your uterus. You will also have a longer recovery time than with a vaginal birth. The main risk to your baby is breathing issues since the natural process of squeezing through the birth canal does not occur to help loosening and remove anything in your child’s lungs.

C-sections are a serious surgical procedure, so they do come with additional risks. However, in many cases, it is more dangerous to deny getting one than it is to get one. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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