Saturday Court application by Waterford Regional Hospital, mother disputing due date, had prior section. Doctors say risk of harm to both.
"The court heard the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, gave birth by caesarean section in 2010. That procedure left a scar on the woman's uterus, and if ruptured during a natural delivery, there would be a risk to the woman and her baby. The court heard that if the uterus was to rupture there would be “very grave risk” to the unborn baby.
The baby could die or have severe brain damage and the mother herself could be at risk of a haemorrhage. The woman told doctors she would like to deliver naturally but that if there was an emergency over the weekend, she would consent to a caesarean section.
However, a consultant obstetrician who gave evidence by telephone said she was now vacillating between allowing a caesarean on Sunday or Monday. “I advised her strongly to have a caesarean section”."
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