4 Maternal Health Conditions Increase Birth Injury Risks

 There are a number of maternal conditions that can lead to difficulties during the pregnancy and/or labor. These are all very well established risk factors.

Because they are so well established there is duty to monitor them to avoid or at least minimize harm to the baby.  Failure to monitor and protect against them could indicate medical malpractice where the baby suffers birth injuries as a result.

Health Conditions of the Mother Causing Birth Injury Risks

There are 4 relatively common health conditions that are obvious indicators of possible dangers to come during the pregnancy and birth. As such, medical providers should determine if they exist, monitor them if they do, and take precautions to protect the mother and baby to the degree possible.

1. High Blood Pressure
2. Diabetes
3. Obesity
4. Preeclampsia

These are often overlapping and/or related. Each can contribute to very difficult labor with undue and sometimes dangerous stress on the baby during the delivery process.

These are readily detected. There is no excuse for a failure to identify these issues and then to take the actions necessary to minimize the risks to the baby.

Stress on Baby During Delivery Can Result in Birth Injuries

Each of these conditions can lead to very difficult births. In addition, the conditions themselves can severely stress the baby during birth. The most serious risk is oxygen deprivation to the baby. This can and often does lead to cerebral palsy along with a spectrum of other birth injuries related to difficult labor and delivery.

Fetal Heart Monitoring

It is fundamental to delivery that the baby be monitored throughout the birth. This is done by fetal heart monitoring.

It is inexcusable yet far too common that the fetal heart monitor is not closely tracked or improperly tracked. When these errors occur, the consequences can be catastrophic leading to cerebral palsy or even death.

Get Answers!

If your child was born with cerebral palsy, it is important to determine the cause. Specifically, it is important to know if medical malpractice was the cause.

It is particularly important to determine if the risk factors were properly identified and whether proper monitoring of the baby occurred during birth.

From there it must be determined if there was medical malpractice. Finally, it must be shown that the medical malpractice was the cause of the cerebral palsy and not something else.

Seek Legal Guidance

These determinations are difficult. In fact, they are difficult even for a lawyer which is why expert medical professionals must make the determination. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will identify the right expert for the case.  From there, the experts are typically hired by the medical malpractice attorneys handling the case which is one of many good reasons to seek legal guidance.

The Albuquerque attorneys at Collins & Collins, P.C. can be reached at (505) 242-5958.

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