Monday, December 10, 2007

If you are wondering why the C-section rate is rising

The C-section rate is rising precipitously throughout the industrialized world. This case illustrates the social forces at work.

According to Almost €1m award in Erb's palsy case in the RTE news of Ireland:
The High Court has approved a settlement of almost €1m in an action brought by the parents of a nine-year-old boy who suffered shoulder and hand injuries during his birth.

The boy's mother, 45-year-old Una Byron from Upper Strand Street in Youghal, Co Cork is taking a separate action for trauma.

She claims she underwent a 'horrific childbirth' which left her son John physically disabled.

The court was told that the case brought on behalf of John had been settled for €900,000...

It is the highest award ever in the case of an Erb's palsy medical negligence damages claim.

Mrs Byron claims the obstetrician, Mr Fenton, failed in his duties by failing to carry out a caesarean section and in appropriately using a forceps to deliver her son...
The C-section rate is rising because in many cases, C-sections are safer than vaginal deliveries. Anyone who is concerned about lowering the C-section rate needs to be cognizant of this fact. C-sections really are safer.


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