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Medical negligence and c-sections

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Where a child is overdue or medical staff consider there to be a risk to the mother or child from continuing with a pregnancy, labour may be induced. If a physical ‘membrane sweep’ by a doctor or midwife does not begin contractions, then labour is induced through the application of a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin.

In the second and third stages of induced labour, the hormone oxytocin can be administered via a drip to speed up contractions if the labour fails to progress quickly enough.

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    While this procedure is usually successful, it can have severe side effects on the unborn child and needs to be monitored carefully. Failure to so can cause the baby’s heart rate to drop dangerously low, causing brain damage in extreme circumstances and medical staff need to be alert to the potential need for an emergency c-section. Problems can occur if medical staff fail to adequately monitor mother and baby, or fail to spot signs of foetal distress. If this leads to injury to the baby, then a claim for medical negligence may be sought and legal advice obtained as quickly as possible. Read more>> how to sue for medical negligence