A cesarean section has become so common a procedure in Newton that it’s easily forgotten that it is actually surgery and can be dangerous. In many ways, it is even more risky because there is not just the mother who is a concern, but the newborn as well. Having a baseline idea of the details of the procedure and its risks can help parents recognize when a negligent doctor might have made a mistake during the delivery process when there is a C-section.

According to one report, in 2005 as many as one out of every four women who are having a baby will do so via C-section. Of great concern, however, is the potential that there will be damage done to the newborn. These are more dangerous because of a baby’s vulnerability in its first days of life.

For example, premature birth can happen if there was a miscalculation in the gestational age. The baby might be delivered too soon leading to low birth weight. The baby could have issues with its breathing — this often happens with C-sections. The APGAR score — a testing procedure done on the baby’s organs, breathing and functionality — could be low after a C-section. This could be due to anesthesia, fetal distress or the lack of stimulation that accompanies the surgery. Statistics back up this potential, as C-section babies are 50 percent more likely to have a lower APGAR score than vaginal birth babies.

Finally, since a surgery involves sharp instruments and cutting, the baby might be cut when the C-section is done. This is rare, but still happens about 1 to 2 percent of the time. For many women, a C-section is an option that is recommended to them by their doctor. If there was an injury or aftereffects to the baby, that can lead to medical expenses and even long-term problems. If parents are concerned about these issues, they may want to speak to a legal professional about a possible case.

Source: americanpregnancy.org, “Risks of a Cesarean Procedure,” accessed on Aug. 18, 2015