Question for moms who have had a c section

Merry - posted on 10/21/2011 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My friend recently had a baby by csection, he was cut on his back, shoulder area by the dr doing the surgery. She said it was common? I've never heard of this! Apparently it healed very fast, no scar, etc but still! I'd be so upset!

Is this really common? Or was she exaggerating



Edit to add, this was a transverse baby with a prolapsed cord. It was a vertical cut due to the babys heart rate dropping.

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Mary - posted on 10/22/2011

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It's not exactly "common", but it's also not unheard of, especially in an emergent situation. Obviously, this was the case with your friend. A vertical cut is almost never done on the uterus these days, with the exceptions of extreme prematurity, or absolute emergency, where even seconds are critical to both life and brain function. A prolapsed cord certainly falls into this category.

Although the thought of my newborn being lacerated during surgery is upsetting, I'd take that any day over death or irreversible brain damage.

Iridescent - posted on 10/22/2011

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I searched it! It's called Iatrogenic Fetal Injury. This is just a blog with extremist views (heck, might be right on, but it's what it appears at first glance), but the stats are valid. http://www.theunnecesarean.com/blog/2009...

0.7% of babies born via C-Section are cut by the scalpel. This is considered common.

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No, none of my four were cut, but it was listed in my informed consent procedures as a risk of a c-section, so I'm guessing it's pretty common.

Sara - posted on 10/22/2011

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I had a c-section, and didn't have a problem like that. I know several people who have had them and had no complications like that.

Iridescent - posted on 10/22/2011

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It does happen. I had 3 C-sections, and all 5 kids were born via C-section. None were cut by the surgeons! But during the amnio done just prior to my second son's birth he was cut by the needle, and the cut was still there at the birth (2 days later). Any of those procedures can cause injury to the baby. The uterus is actually stretched so thin by delivery that if the baby is at the front instead of placenta towards the top, water at front and baby in back, or a similar layout, the baby risks being injured. The same can be said if the water was already broken, or if there was not enough amniotic fluid at delivery.

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Janice - posted on 11/02/2011

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Just doing my Vbac research I did see that chance of baby (or other organs!) being cut goes up with each C-section due to scar tissue making the surgery more difficult. I'm sure if there was a statistic that also differentiated babies cut during emergency c-sec. vs. those cut during a planned c-section - the rate of emergency "cuts" would be higher.

Lora - posted on 11/02/2011

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I've had 2 C-Sections and know many other women who have to and NEVER heard of baby getting cut. My Dr. always did a sonagram and check to see where my babies were before he started cutting. In fact they always inserted a vaginal probe that looked at my babies the whole time till baby was out. I would be contacting an atterney if it were me. Baby should never be cut.

Merry - posted on 11/02/2011

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I never heard of it before but I think it makes total sense, especially if the baby is in a weird position like this boy who had his back towards the scalpel in a weird transverse position.

Chelle - posted on 11/02/2011

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ive had two c sections and it was never mentioned to me. And although it definitely makes sense that it could happen i had not ever entertained the idea until i saw your post

Janice - posted on 11/01/2011

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Rebecca, I completely agree with you that a cut being possible is just common sense. Yet for some reason I really dont recall the doctors explaining that risk to me when they I planned my c-section.

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I'm kind of confused as to why everyone seems to be so surprised that a cut could happen. The doctor is taking a scapel and cutting down into the flesh that a baby is enclosed in. Is it really so hard to believe that if you cut too deep or too quickly that the baby could be injured? Particularly if the amniotic sac is ruptured already and there is no cushion around the baby? Doesn't everyone's doctor mention this to them before a c-section? I specifically remember my doctor discussing it with me. Maybe the doctors are more likely to discuss it with twins?

Chelle - posted on 11/01/2011

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I had a code green cord prolapse with baby transverse and breech with hands down there too. It is the highest obstetric emergency and I was cut vertically and horizontally with no cut to bubs

Ixchel - posted on 10/31/2011

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My second baby was a sceduled c-section due to his size. Had problems with have a big baby with the first one and a dry birth so I was monitored closely with second. Anyway Ultrasound showed he weighed 12 lbs anyway so sceduled c-section. I had no problems except hemorage but that was not the Dr. Fault my son born healthy and big. My cousin has had 2 c-Sec. one with a single one with Twins emergency situation. Both babies were fine. If I were her I would consult an malparactice Lawyer. They can at least investigate. and have the records reviewed to see if any thing wrong was done. I have never heard of a baby being cut during a c-sec. i was cut from hip bone to hip bone with mine and you can not even see the scar. So it seems like the Dr. just went in there hacking like they were cuting up a steak not into a cavity with a baby in it. I would be traumitized.

Donna - posted on 10/31/2011

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This is something I have never heard of before, so my opinion is this is something that is not common and she could be exaggerating, but I don't know that for positive. I can't imagine going through a c-section and finding out my baby had been cut by the surgeon and I definitely would not sit back and not take some sort of legal action against the doctor. I don't think there is any excuse to have the knife anywhere near the baby and I don't understand how something like this could happen. I am going to google this and see just how 'common' this really is or isn't. Continued good luck to your friend and her baby.

Adriana - posted on 10/31/2011

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My first c-section was an emergeny. My appendix had rupture, but my baby had to come out before my other sergery could start. My child wasn't cut.

Lorraine - posted on 10/30/2011

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It did not happen to me and I have never heard of anyone whose baby was cut during the c-section. I wouldn't be happy at all if that happened to my baby and would complain as a matter of principle!!! xxxx

Melissa - posted on 10/30/2011

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i have had 2 c-sections one was 3 weeks 1 day early of my due date went in for my regular appointment and because of my situation the doctor said lets do the c-section today. So later that day i had one but no cut to my baby. My daughter was due the 23rd of august planned c-section the 17th because she was breach and because of my body and previous surgeries and problems in my body there was no hope to her turning. The 15th i had pain and no movement went to the hospital and they decided to do a c-section. She was delivered fine except for the fact she was in ICU for breathing problems. However if it is emergency c-section where the doctor was trying to get the baby out and concerned for other things trying to get the baby out healthy he was probably not as concerned about a little skin cut! It is more important for other things in my opinion than a cut on the back. It may have been an accident trying to deal with the situation not saying it's okay to cut the baby but i would be more happy he saved my baby than a cut on my baby!

Kathy - posted on 10/30/2011

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I had two c sections and neither child was hurt at all. I know it is a possibility but they didn't make it seem to be that common of a thing.

Jessica - posted on 10/30/2011

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My son was delivered via emergency c-section and they did not cut him. I would be rather upset as well but I would imagine as long as the Dr was not negligent (the pediatrician would prob be the one to ask about that) there would be no recourse unless the child had lasting problems from it which it sounds like he did not. I personally have never heard of anyone's child being cut by c-section but I would imagine it would be fairly common.

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Have not heard of this, i heard a story of a baby being cut at birth and the sued the doc/hospital.(from what i recall the cut was very severe)

I have heard of babies being hurt by forceps etc.

I may search for that story as i feel it could of been by c-section the baby was cut.

Anyway i had a c-section and my daughter was fine.Doctors never said this was common at all.



I would feel they should make it clear its a risk like they do with other things regarding c-section.:-(

Janice - posted on 10/26/2011

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They do cut very low but my daughters but was engaged in my pelvis. She was actually stuck and the doctor said it took effort to get her out. So technically where they cut was where her hip was.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/26/2011

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I have no clue. I have never heard of this. They cut so low, but I guess it is a potential risk. Just sounds to me like the doctor cut to high and to deep.

Jennifer - posted on 10/25/2011

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I had one very emergency c-section, the baby did not get cut, but my scar is horrible!! LOL, I don't care, she's alive! My husband, her step dad says the same! I've never really heard of it happening, but would guess it happens. I would not be too upset for a small cut, but a major injury would have me pretty mad.

Janice - posted on 10/25/2011

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Yes, I have heard it is a fairly common risk. I dont recall hearing that when I had my c-section but I found the info while researching Vbacs. My daughter was breech and the c-section was planned so my doctor wasn't rushed. I would imagine that this happens more often with emergency C-sections and also repeat c-section due to scar tissue making it hard to see.

Hope - posted on 10/24/2011

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I had an emergency c section but my baby wasn't cut. He does have 2 little scares under his bottom lip from the monitor there tried to put on his head when he was still inside

Bonnie - posted on 10/23/2011

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I never had a c-section, but I know people who have and never experienced this. Since it was an emergency though, her main concern was probably to get the baby out asap and perhaps just wasn't as careful.

Stifler's - posted on 10/22/2011

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I have no idea. Maybe if it's a difficult c-section. But Renae wasn't cut.

Brittany - posted on 10/22/2011

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My youngest sons full name is

Rauri is pronounced ro+ree in America it it spelled Rory. I choose the Gaelic spelling to keep in touch with my very Irish roots. It means red king, great king.

Seamus is pronounced Shay+muss and it is Gaelic for James.

Quinn is also Gaelic and it means intelligent.


My middle child, and only daughter, full name is

Caoilainn kay+linn meaning white, fair and pure. There is a Saint Caoilainn often described as a pious lady who quickly won the esteem and affection of her sister nuns by her exactness to every duty, as also by her sweet temper, gentle, confiding disposition and unaffected piety.

Gael, in American spelled Gayle, Often refers to a person who is a native Irish speaker or a person who is from Ireland. Medieval legend holds that Gael was the name of the hero from whom the Irish race took its name.

Rhionnah this is a name my husband came up with. We had Caoilainn early and we were not prepared with names for her at that point. My husband had gone home to grab a few things and came back. When he came back he said he had it, Caoilainn Gael Rhionnah

My oldest son's name is

Caoleb is pronounced like the American Caleb only with a little more of an O sound. This name means servant of the Lord.

Lochlan lok+lun goes back to when he Vikings plundered Ireland in the 9th and 10th centuries and the native home of the Norwegian invaders was known as Lochlan "land of the lochs." But once they settled and intermarried with the Irish Lochlan became a popular name and was generally given to boys that had fair or red hair - a tribute to their Viking ancestors.

Gavin means White Hawk of Battle.

So I have
Rauri Seamus Quinn
Caoilainn Gael Rhionnah
Caoleb Lochlan Gavin

Merry - posted on 10/22/2011

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Brittany I've been meaning to ask you, how do you say rauri? Is it like Lori or like dowry? I've loved the name caoilfhionn so I recognize that one and I think caoleb is said like Caleb right?

Merry - posted on 10/22/2011

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My shoulder was dislocated in birth. No ill effects as far as I can tell! I was 9.8lbs and only 19inches so I had fat shoulders and was stuck!

Brittany - posted on 10/22/2011

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Caoleb was close to being out when I had an emergency C-Section, Caoilainn was pre-term delivered by C-Section and there was no issue with her.

When I had Rauri I remember my OB making a small incision and inserting his hand in to grab Rauri and then he finished. He said he did that so he knew where he was because, I was so big he was scared there was not enough room to do the C-Section without nicking him.

I do believe that this is not an uncommon situation. Both of my OB's talked to me about the possibility of a small nick.

Children, up until the age of 2, have something called an extra-cellular matrix. This matrix allows them to grown and re-grow anything that is damaged. This is how they grow in the womb, by the matrix. This is why the baby healed so fast. Sometimes you hear about emergency situations where the Doc has to break the arm of a baby or dislocate the shoulder. This is not as bad as it sounds. The child will heal in a matter of two or three days and there will not be complications. No one will ever know the child was harmed at birth.

Pig's carry this matrix their whole lives. The matrix does not actually contain any cells of the pig but, if a human were to cut his or her finger off the matrix of a pig could be applied and it will allow the human cells to re grow the whole finger, nail and all. The finger will not look like anything happened to it. No one will ever know. This is currently being studied and tested.

Sarah - posted on 10/22/2011

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My youngest had a small cut on her bum after my C-section. It was an emergency C-section, but not a major emergency, I was induced and then they realised she was breech.

They were extremely apologetic, and the cut was tiny and didn't bother my daughter in the slightest. I wasn't worried or angry about it, accidents happen, doctors aren't perfect.

Obviously, if it had been a major cut or I thought it was through negligence, I might have felt differently.
As Mary pointed out though, better a laceration than anything more serious.

Kellie - posted on 10/22/2011

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That makes sense if it was an emergency (cause I'm an expert lol) but a friend of mine also had an emergency c-section about 7 years ago and they cut her baby too because they needed the baby out so quickly. Only times I've heard of this happening are during emergency sections, that's not to say it never happens otherwise but I'd hazard a guess that it's more likely to happen during an emergency than not.

Merry - posted on 10/21/2011

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Yes it was an emergency, prolapsed cord. Vertical cut.
Maybe she ment common in her exact situation?

Ez - posted on 10/21/2011

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I haven't had a c/s, but I don't think it's that common. Does she have a normal lower transverse incision?



I have heard of cases of babies being cut when there has been a classical or inverted T incision used in a dire emergency situation. While unfortunate, it is understandable in those circumstances. But otherwise I imagine it is doctor error that causes it. And I would be livid.

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Don't know if it's common or not. I HAVE heard of it happening. Didn't happen to my kids though.

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