Emergency C-Sections, VBAC, and Risks to the Baby
An emergency C-Section may be required under the following conditions:
- The baby is too large for a vaginal delivery
- Breech position
- The fetus has developed abnormally or there is an abnormal heart rate in the fetus
- Premature delivery whereby the infant can’t withstand the pressure of a vaginal delivery
- There are problems with the umbilical cord or placenta
- The mother is delivering multiple babies
- Uterine rupture
One option for a woman who had a previous cesarean section is to deliver the next baby vaginally. This is called VBAC or vaginal birth after cesarean. Between 60 to 80 percent of women who have had a cesarean section can deliver their next baby VBAC. Although this is generally a safe procedure, there are a small percentage of women who will experience a rupturing of the uterus from the VBAC, and the dangers to the infant can be serious, even deadly.
Women who are considering VBAC should research hospitals that are able to provide prompt VBAC deliveries. When researching hospitals, expected mothers considering VBAC should make sure the hospital has the ability to deliver the baby in less than ten minutes should their uterus rupture; otherwise the baby can be in extreme danger of experiencing permanent brain damage or death. Expected mothers should also make sure the hospital has 24 hour a day anesthesiologists and obstetricians on staff. If the fetal heart rate monitor detects a sudden abnormal heart rate, it will be critical for the hospital to have the necessary medical staff available to handle the emergency.
If you or a family member experienced a birth injury from medical negligence, call the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates right away for a free consultation. Dr. Bruce Fagel is a leading medical malpractice lawyer and a licensed medical doctor. He understands exactly how the birth process should occur and where medical negligence happened that resulted in the birth injury.
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