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Cesarean Sections Rise In New York Even Though Women Are Not Requesting Surgery

“Recent reports suggest that cesarean section rates are on the rise because women are asking for surgery, as opposed to delivering vaginally. This appears incorrect,” said Syracuse birth injury lawyer Anthony S. Bottar, of Bottar Law, PLLC, a law firm with decades of experience handling birth injury lawsuits throughout he state of New York, including those concerning fetal brain damage due to a delayed c-section.

According to Reuters Health, a recent study of nearly 20,000 women around the world revealed that c-section rates are rising even though women are not asking for abdominal deliveries. Only sixteen percent (16%) of the women in the study indicated that they would prefer a cesarean section to vaginal delivery. This means than roughly 84% of pregnant mothers prefer vaginal delivery. Among women who had a c-section previously, approximately twenty-nine percent (29%) said that they would like their next delivery to be by cesarean section. Seventy-one percent (71%) said that they wanted a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC).

According to a study discussed in our blog post titled “Study Will Make Central New York VBACs More Available Despite Risk of Uterine Rupture and Baby Brain Damage,” a vaginal birth after cesarean section may not be as dangerous as doctor’s once believed. “We disagree,, especially if labor is augmented” Syracuse VBAC lawyer Michael A. Bottar said. “We have clients who experienced uterine rupture during a trial of labor encouraged by an obstetrician or midwife. VBAC is not right for everyone.”

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases including babies injured following a complicated labor and delivery. If your child has been diagnosed with a disability, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury lawyer, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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