International Caesarean Awareness Month
Caesarean Awareness Month is a campaign that aims to improve maternal-child health by providing education and support for women who have experienced a caesarean section. Running internationally every April, it aims to raise awareness of practical complications as the number of mothers opting for C-sections increases by 50% since 2000.
There are a variety of reasons why a woman may give birth by C-section. Whether it be planned or as a result of an emergency during labour. As like all major surgeries, there is a risk of injury to the mother.
What is a Caesarean Section?
A Caesarean section, also known as a C-section, is an operation to surgically deliver a baby via incisions made to the front wall of the mother’s abdomen and uterus. Whether planned or as an emergency, the procedure will begin with a routine IV and either spinal or epidural anesthesia to numb the lower part of the body. However, in some cases, general anesthetic may be required, such as instances when the baby needs to be delivered more quickly.
Once delivered, and without complications, the baby will be brought over to the mother. An injection of the hormone Oxytocin is administered to the mother to encourage their womb to contract and to reduce any blood loss. Finally, the womb will be closed with dissolvable stitches and the abdomen with the same or stitches/staples which will be removed a few days later.
When should you make Caesarean Section Claim*?
While C-sections are safe, it is a major operation that carries potential risks. Fortunately, there is only a small number of procedures where an incident occurs. Although this is the case, they can sometimes have serious consequences.
Medical negligence in relation to caesarean section can include:
• Failing to perform the procedure in time
• Not providing the correct pain relief, or not enough pain relief
• Failing to ensure blood thinners are provided where appropriate.
• Damaging organs during the procedure e.g. bowel perforation
• Failure to repair organs damaged during a C-section
You should also be aware that there are a number of different ways in which childbirth injuries can occur…
• A failure to detect early signs of conditions such as preeclampsia or placental abruption, meaning the mother does not receive the necessary care.
• Delays to a caesarean section delivery, which results in avoidable trauma or injury to the mother.
• Incorrectly performed episiotomies, a procedure involving cuts to the vaginal wall and perineum, which can lead to pain and incontinence if mishandled.
• Incorrect use of anesthetics, resulting in insufficient pain relief, brain injuries or an allergic reaction.
• Improper use of forceps or other procedures, causing injury to the mother and/or baby.
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