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Was your C-section a medical necessity?

Women who give birth may do so naturally or by cesarean section — a procedure that entails delivery through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen. The latter of these options has increased dramatically in frequency over the past few decades, and there are a number of reasons to opt for a C-section. According to The Washington Post, though, some mothers feel pressured into the procedure. Here are a few factors to consider if you believe your C-section may have been unnecessary.

Did your provider ask for your input?

As a patient and an expectant mother, it is only natural to trust your medical provider and the advice they give. The relationship between you and your doctor should be exactly that, though — a relationship. This means a dialogue should exist between both parties that concerns the health of you and your baby. If a provider treats a C-section as though it is a given and does not seek your input, it is certainly a red flag.

Did you consent to the C-section?

During labor, a single moment can become a life or death situation, and it is your doctor’s responsibility to make quick decisions that protect the health of the mother and child. Still, throughout the course of standard labor, it is imperative that your provider obtains consent for procedures such as a C-section.

Was a specific reason given for the procedure?

When a C-section is brought up as a possibility, there should be an accompanying reason given, too. Unless your pregnancy presents special circumstances, natural birth should usually be the presumption, but many doctors and hospitals prefer C-sections because they are more efficient and affordable for the medical facility. Such factors should never be prioritized over the health of a mother and her child.

A C-section is a serious medical procedure, and if you suspect that yours was unnecessary, you should research legal recourse. Consulting with an attorney can help you do so effectively.

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