Pregnancy and childbirth are often some of the happiest times for a family expecting the arrival of their newest member. It’s critical during these periods that the mother and baby receive excellent care to ensure the safe arrival of a healthy newborn. While not all birth injuries constitute medical malpractice, medical professionals are responsible for upholding the standard of care while providing medical treatment to the mother and child. When the standard of care is not upheld, it may play a role in causing a birth injury. Below are common things that should be done to prevent birth injury.
Prenatal Testing and Care
Expecting mothers need to get regular prenatal checkups. From there, it is the doctor’s responsibility to administer prenatal tests and monitor the health of the mother and baby. During these stages of pregnancy, the doctor should detect and diagnose any causes for concern, like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, or umbilical cord problems, so that they can plan for a safe course of delivery.
Recognize Fetal Distress
Fetal distress can occur during pregnancy or delivery. This is an indication that the baby is deprived of oxygen, which could cause serious birth injury or death. The doctor should recognize the signs, including:
- Reduced fetal movement
- Abnormal amounts of amniotic fluid
- Abnormal fetal heart rate
- Mother is cramping or has vaginal bleeding
Not Delaying a Necessary C-Section
As soon as the doctor recognizes the circumstances where a C-section delivery is necessary, they need to make a timely decision to act. A prolonged labor, umbilical cord compression, placental abruption, or fetal distress can put the baby in danger of not receiving enough oxygen. Sometimes, it may be unsafe for the mother to deliver the baby vaginally. If the doctor delays the call to send the mother into emergency C-section surgery, it could cause serious injuries or death to the baby.
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