Fetal Injury During a C-Section

Fetal Injury During a C-Section: A Summary

Although rare, fetal injury during a c-section can occur. The most common injuries are lacerations (cuts), which sometimes happen when the incision is being made in the uterus. Most cuts on the baby don't need stitches, and they usually don't leave a permanent scar.
As the baby is being delivered through the incision, there is a small possibility that he or she could suffer a broken bone, or even nerve damage.
Finally, during any birth process, it is possible for the baby to become hypoxic. This means that the baby is not getting enough oxygen because the supply is cut off. This can happen when the umbilical cord, which delivers oxygen to the baby, is twisted, bent, stretched, or blocked in any way. If it lasts long enough, hypoxia can cause permanent brain damage to the fetus.
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