A cesarean section is a surgical procedure in which the obstetrician makes incisions in the abdomen and uterus of a pregnant woman during labor to deliver her baby. There are certain risks associated with C-sections, and expecting mothers in North Carolina might want to be aware of them whether or not they plan to have one.
Pregnant women in North Carolina are at increased risk of suffering blunt trauma to their unborn children during a traffic accident, according to MedScape.com. Analysis of possible risk factors indicates fetal injury is 8 percent more likely in cases where the mother was unrestrained at the time of the accident, and fetal death is much more likely for women who are in their 20th to 27th weeks of pregnancy, suggesting this is a particularly vulnerable time for the fetus.
While there is no way to know for sure what causes a stillbirth, there are several factors that may increase the chances of one occurring. Women who are over the age of 35 may have a higher risk of a stillbirth compared to others. Mothers who are malnourished or do not receive prenatal care may be at risk of delivering a stillborn child.
When expecting a new family member, North Carolina parents often take several steps to make sure they are ready for the big day. Although many things are within grasp of expecting parents, such as building a nursery or arranging daycare, other things are not. This is why many women expect their obstetricians to be on the look out for various pregnancy complications.
Residents of Pitt County may be interested in a recent California incident that calls into focus the issue of hospital malpractice. An employment dispute has been brewing for some time between Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and its nursing staff. The frustrated nursing employees walked out for a one-day strike on September 22. Rather than permit the nurses to return to work the following day, the hospital retaliated by locking the nurses out for five days. Temporary replacement nurses were hired to work during the lockout. It is alleged that this labor dispute led to a horrific hospital error.
For the majority of North Carolina residents, the birth of a baby is a miraculous and joyous occasion. Most new parents are so excited while going through the labor and delivery process that they become blind to the fact that things can go wrong. When parents consider the possible problems that can occur in the delivery room, they rarely consider that those "difficulties" can come at the hands of hospital staff.