In a C-section, an incision is made in the mother’s lower abdomen and uterus in order to deliver the baby. Some C-sections are planned and some are unplanned.
Planned C-sections are used when:
- The mother has an infection that could reach the infant during birth
- The infant is in a dangerous position close to the delivery date
- There is more than one infant
- The mother has delivered via C-section previously
- The mother is in a weakened state
Unplanned C-sections are used when:
- Labor is delayed to the extent that it threatens a life
- The mother or infant shows distress signs
- The umbilical cord wraps around the infant’s neck
- The infant is too large for vaginal delivery
When one of the causes of an unplanned C-section presents itself during delivery. A doctor typically has a limited period of time in which to begin the surgery.
Failure to begin the surgery a timely manner, usually within 30 minutes from the decision to operate, can result in serious complications for the mother and infant. This can constitute negligence on the part of the doctor and be grounds for a lawsuit.