Cook County birth injury lawyerFetal distress and delayed cesarean sections (C-sections) are serious issues that can lead to devastating consequences for both the baby and the mother. When medical professionals fail to recognize signs of fetal distress or do not perform a timely C-section, it may be considered medical malpractice. If you or your child have suffered harm due to a delayed C-section, an Illinois lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options.

Recognizing Fetal Distress and the Importance of Timely C-Sections

Fetal distress occurs when a baby experiences oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) during labor or delivery. Various factors, including umbilical cord compression, placental abruption, or prolonged labor, can cause this. Medical professionals should closely monitor the baby’s heart rate and other vital signs to detect distress.

If fetal distress is identified, an emergency C-section may be necessary to prevent brain damage, cerebral palsy, or even stillbirth. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends performing a C-section within 30 minutes of deciding to operate in cases of fetal distress.