In the United States, the medical community’s purpose is to ensure
the safety of its patients. The Hippocratic oath that is taken by medical
professionals holds them to a high standard in the care and treatment
that they give their patients. People seek out medical help when they
are at their most vulnerable and scared. Even routine medical decisions
require that a patient consult a doctor who will let the patient know
about any possible risks associated with the procedure. Childbirth is
not a medical procedure immune from a patient seeking out medical opinions
on the best way to labor and deliver one’s child. A soon-to-be mother
is looking to medical professionals to deliver her child in a way that
will save not only her life, but the life of her baby.
A Lack of Standardization in Advising C-Sections Throughout the Medical
However, studies show that depending on the hospital that a woman chooses
to deliver at, she may be more likely to have to undergo an unnecessary
Caesarean Section. According to Consumer Reports, about one in every three
babies are delivered by cesarean section (also known as “C-section”),
which roughly 1.3 million babies a year. The major issue plaguing hospitals
currently is the lack of standardization and guidelines detailing when
a C-section should be performed or when a woman’s delivery is at
a low risk, and a vaginal delivery is preferable.
Necessity and Risks of C-Sections
C-sections are important procedures when vaginal delivery is impractical
because of risk to the mother, baby, or both.
Vaginal deliveries are considered preferable because they are less invasive and often result
in less recuperation time.
C-sections can be risky because the baby is removed from the mother through surgery, and with
any surgery, there comes the possibility of serious complications for
the mother such as hemorrhaging, infection, and death.
Why Hospitals Pressure Patients into Choosing Unnecessary C-Sections
Many hospitals push for unnecessary C-sections because natural, vaginal
births can be time-consuming and can keep medical professionals from additional
patients. The faster a delivery can occur, the quicker a medical professional
can move on to the next patient, bringing more revenue to the hospital.
It has been estimated in an article by the
New York Times that C-sections can cost 50% more than vaginal births, making them the
more lucrative choice and creating an incentive for doctors and hospitals
to push C-sections. Additionally, if a woman undergoes a C-section for
her first birth, studies have shown she is more pressured to have a C-section
for any additional children she is expecting to have. This fact, coupled
with the costs associated with post-C-section care for mothers, ultimately
suggests that hospitals are incentivized to push C-sections to doctors
and then on to their patients.
recent study demonstrated that when patients are well-informed, or are themselves doctors,
they are less likely, in the event of low-risk births, to acquiesce to
the procedure, knowing that vaginal deliveries are often safer.
Charles County, MD Personal Injury Lawyers that Fight for You
If you or your loved one was pressured to deliver your child by C-section
during a low-risk birth and were injured as a result, it is important
to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Please call the
Law Office of Robert R. Castro at (301) 804-2312 for a confidential consultation.