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Potential Dangers of Elective C-Section

Some women have cesarean deliveries because of complications during birth. Others choose to have a cesarean because of predicted complications, health concerns, or even just from desire to know exactly when to expect the new baby. Previously, cesareans were reserved for emergency delivery situations, but in recent years, women are increasingly planning elective cesareans.

Due to this increase, researchers and doctors have been trying to determine what health problems a newborn baby may experience due to an elective cesarean delivery. There are risks involved, and those risks are higher for babies born before the 39th week of pregnancy. Some of the risks include:

  • Increased likelihood to contracting severe infections
  • Higher level of fetal distress during delivery
  • Severe breathing problems
  • Increased risk of wet lung (accumulation of fluid in the lungs)
  • Greater chance of blood sugar regulation problems
  • Increased likelihood of needing neonatal intensive care

Surprisingly, more than 30% of women who choose cesarean delivery have the procedure before the 39th week of pregnancy. In many cases, the delivery is scheduled according to the doctor’s or hospital’s convenience.

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A doctor should be aware of the risks associated with performing a cesarean even a week too soon. Preferring his or her own convenience over the safety of the newborn baby is negligent. If your newborn has contracted an illness, sustained an injury, or otherwise suffered from complications due to an early cesarean, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses and emotional trauma. Contact the dedicated Danville birth injury attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.