Prenatally, healthcare providers should appropriately monitor the health of the mother and fetus. If circumstances arise which preclude a vaginal delivery, the healthcare providers need to timely deliver the child surgically by C-section.
C-Sections are significant surgical procedures and may be performed electively in non-emergent situations. However, if a doctor delays in performing a C-section in light of an emergency such as fetal distress or certain maternal conditions, it can lead to serious injuries to the mother and child.
A failure to timely perform a C-section when required may result in ongoing hypoxia or decreased oxygen supply to the fetus. In addition, ongoing and/or significant infectious processes prior to deliver may compromise the mother and fetus, and therefore may also require a C-section delivery in an expeditious manner. Failing to deliver timely can cause brain and other birth injuries, resulting in neurological deficits, developmental delays and other conditions such as Cerebral Palsy.
If you believe your child suffered a birth injury, contact Blume Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari today at (973) 635-5400.