The birth of a child is a momentous occasion, and with the advent of modern medicine, the prevention of disease and the percentage of infant survival rates are very good. Occasionally, however, a baby suffers an injury during birth.
Common birth injuries:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Cerebral Palsy
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
- Erbs Palsy
Birth injury causes: Many factors can contribute to a birth injury. A difficult birth has a much higher risk for complications, and a medical error can create or worsen a birth injury.
Difficult birth examples:
- Large babies (babies weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces)
- Premature babies (babies born early or before term)
- Mother’s pelvis size/shape is unsuitable for vaginal birth (medically called “Cephalopelvic Disproportion”), common among mothers with narrow hips
- Prolonged or difficult labor
- Abnormal birthing position, such as breech delivery when the baby’s feet or buttocks are positioned to exit the birth canal first
Medical negligence examples:
- Failing to anticipate birth complications
- Failing to respond appropriately to bleeding
- Failing to observe or respond to umbilical cord entrapment around the baby’s neck
- Failing to respond to fetal distress (including irregularities in the baby’s heartbeat)
- Delay in ordering a cesarean section when medically necessary
- Misuse of forceps or a vacuum extractor
- Inappropriate use of certain medications
Where To Turn For Help
Having a child who has endured a birth injury can be a devastating experience. If you believe your child might have been a victim of a birth injury due to medical negligence, please contact us.