Medical doctors enter the field of obstetrics because they care about pregnant mothers and babies; they want to help the mother deliver a healthy child while keeping both mom and child safe. But there is a problem in the obstetrics field.
The problem is that the majority of obstetricians in the United States of America have been sued at least once during their careers. Many of these suits conclude in settlements to the tune of one million dollars or more.
Why is this happening? There are many reasons that which may explain why obstetricians so frequently are charged with medical malpractice. Therefore, one single answer will not satisfy the question. However, the experience of our Hudson medical malpractice attorneys know that medically induced births and unnecessarily preformed cesarean sections can cause unnecessary harm to the mother and child.
Usually these types of procedures are conducted with the best interests of the mother and child in mind. But such does not mean that birth inductions and cesarean sections must be performed. While the doctor may think that such is necessary, those procedures may not be so in fact. They may end up causing more harm to the mother and child.
Even if cesarean sections do not cause more harm, they may not have been better than vaginal delivery. Most people do not know that over thirty percent of pregnant mothers in America deliver babies via cesarean section. Nonetheless, when compared to other nations with lower rates of C-section, American women do not have more positive birth results. In fact, more women in America die during or soon after childbirth as compared to women in many European and Asian countries.
How can this be the case? This is because unnecessary cesarean sections can lead to infection, extreme blood loss, uterine problems, and or complications with the placenta. Women that have had a prior cesarean section can be at a higher risk of these complications if they become pregnant again. These possible complications become even more startling when one learns that more and more women in America are having multiple cesarean sections. Moreover, medical malpractice rates are higher in regions where multiple cesarean section deliveries are more prevalent. Having more than one cesarean section can actually cause more problems than delivering a second child vaginally.
Mother’s who have had more than one cesarean section find themselves at a higher risk to need intensive care treatment, hysterectomies, blood transfusions, and other injuries such as those affecting the bowels.
We are not saying that cesarean sections should be eliminated. Rather, they should be used appropriately; not because the patient requests such, or because they are quicker, convenient, and more profitable for the doctor.
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