Rate of Unnecessary C-Sections Varies Among Hospitals

Rate of Unnecessary C-Sections Varies Among Hospitals

Over 1 million babies are delivered via cesarean section (C-section) each year. However, most women if given the choice would prefer to deliver vaginally. Many times, doctors will first attempt a vaginal birth, but if the situation warrants, proceed to an emergency C-section (such as where the baby has been deprived of oxygen. The failure to perform a C-section in these cases may be medical malpractice.

However, many more c-sections occur than are warranted by emergencies and complications. Researchers estimate that nearly half of all c-sections are not required, and that performing unnecessary c-sections creates risks, such as potential infections, sepsis, hemorrhaging and organ injury. Further, a recent study from Canada concluded that women with low risk pregnancies undergoing their first c-sections were 3 times more likely to die from complications than if they were to deliver vaginally. Having one c-section increases a mother’s chance of having a c-section for subsequent births. Vaginal births are also beneficial to infants - babies born vaginally have an increased chance of being able to successfully breast feed, and have lower incidences of breathing problems.

As San Diego medical malpractice attorneys, we encourage mothers to understand the risks involved in unnecessary c-sections, and work with their doctors to determine the appropriate birthing plan.

For more information, please contact our San Diego medical malpractice team at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP.


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