Every year in the United States there are more and more women giving birth through caesarean section. However, there can be complications associated with caesarean section births, such as placental problems. This increases the rate of maternal mortality. The mortality rates among women have doubled over the last twenty-five years, though it is possible that this number is underreported.
Not all caesarean sections are necessary and this results in women suffering from complications that could have been avoided, such as placental problems. This also increases the likelihood of a subsequent caesarean section. Additionally, the risk of death for mothers who undergo caesarean sections triples even while it does not confer extra safety for the baby. Despite this, women continue to have this type of surgery when it is not necessary.
One major issue for women who have had a caesarean section is placenta accrete. This occurs when the placenta has attached deeply into the wall of the uterus and not just the inner lining. In some cases, patients have had the placenta embed through the uterus and even enter other organs. Women who have scars from a previous caesarean section are at greater risk of placenta accrete because the placenta can insert into the scars, or it could be forced to stay too close to the cervix due to the scars preventing it from moving. The risks women could potentially face include losing their baby, their uterus, or even losing their lives.
It is now being recommended by experts that unnecessary caesarean sections be avoided. Also, due to the increased risk giving birth through a caesarean section involves, doctors are being reminded to be careful as even the most minor mistake can be fatal to mothers. This procedures should only be performed after it has been determined that it will be safe for the patient.
After a caesarean section has been performed, it is important that the doctor keep a close watch on the patient. Infections and other complications are likely and it is important that they be diagnosed and treated quickly. If a doctor is negligent during and after a caesarean section, the results can be fatal to the mother and the baby. Therefore it is essential that the doctor pay very close attention to the patient and avoid any incidents that can lead to medical malpractice.
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