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New hospital approach reduces caesarian births

Carrying a child to term is one of the greatest challenges many women face, and some are more than willing to make the experience as brief as possible towards the end of the pregnancy. Thousands of obstetricians have recommended caesarean section, or C-section, which bypasses labor through a quick surgical procedure. Some doctors are now shying away from this recommendation.

A new program in an urban hospital with a large maternity ward is taking a new approach to determining when a C-section is needed. Most clinicians agree there is a "gray zone" in which it is not immediately clear if delivery or surgery is the right choice. This program is determined to "solve for the grey," making the choice easier to make.

Expecting mothers are not admitted to the ward until active labor, which shortens the wait time under care. Preferences like the desire for medication or to hold the child immediately after birth are part of the calculus as well. Women are shown a delivery plan visually to be sure they approve.

Doctors hope this approach reduces injuries during birth, which can lead to complications like head and neck trauma or brain injury resulting in a type of palsy. The reduction of unnecessary procedure can also lead to fewer medical expenses in complicated birth situations.

Mothers who experienced problems during birth have the right to claim financial damages to compensate for stress and pain as well as secure their children's future. An attorney can help counsel families on the best way to secure a settlement or civil court verdict in their favor.

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