Delayed C-Section


High-quality, responsible obstetrical care should include identifying and planning for risk factors. When an expectant mother has a condition that may indicate a possible need for a C-section, an obstetrician and the whole birthing team at a hospital should be on the alert. If risk factors are strong enough, it is best to schedule a C-section in advance.

Sometimes, the need for a C-section takes doctors and nurses by surprise. A mother in labor is usually fitted with a fetal strip monitor across her enlarged abdomen. This fetal strip monitor captures and displays on screens visual images of the unborn child’s heartbeat. Technicians keep track of oxygen levels and otherwise watch for any signs of fetal distress.

A baby about to be born may suddenly need to be extracted by Cesarean section if the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck. If the baby is in a breech position, it may be difficult for the umbilical cord to do its job of supplying the baby with adequate oxygen even during labor. Such occurrences often indicate the need for an emergency C-section.

When birthing attendants, including technicians, nurses and the obstetrician, fail to recognize or respond to signs of fetal distress and unnecessarily delay an indicated C-section, a baby may suffer from effects of hypoxic brain injury. A hypoxic brain injury during birth can present itself in a variety of ways. In some cases the brain damage does not become apparent until years later when the child is diagnosed with a learning disability. In other cases, there are profound neurological and mental injuries which are immediately apparent. Parents of babies with damaging effects such as cerebral palsy often contact our law firm to inquiry about a birth injury claim or lawsuit. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your child’s case. We are ready to help determine whether medical personnel delayed your baby’s C-section without justification — and hold them responsible for resulting developmental delays or abnormalities.

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If your baby was irreparably harmed after a needed C-section was unnecessarily delayed by your doctor’s inaction, please contact a trial lawyer at the St. Louis, Missouri law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C. Our Missouri and Illinois birth injury law firm handles cases throughout Illinois and Missouri. Delayed C-section? Attorneys of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., can evaluate your case in a free consultation. Se habla español.

Founded in 1976, Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., brings together the talents of four experienced attorneys. Each lawyer has received the highest possible AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. We handle birth injury and other medical malpractice cases throughout Missouri and southern Illinois.

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