The impending birth of a child is a momentous occasion, and the excitement begins the moment you find out your little one is on the way. Thus begins the months of planning and preparations, all in eager anticipation of the big day when your son or daughter finally arrives. Of course, you’ll worry about having what you need, about labor and delivery, and about the health of your child. While most of your fears may be unfounded, complications do arise during labor and delivery, and while many babies are born without any issues, injuries as the result of complications during labor and delivery do happen. If your family is expecting, know the risks involved in labor and delivery, as well as what you can do to prevent complications and ensure your baby is delivered healthy and safe.
Complications During Labor and Delivery
Every baby is unique, and so is every labor and delivery. Your obstetrician and childbirth coaches can give you an idea of what to expect during labor, and you and your baby will be monitored by medical personnel throughout the process. While precautions will be taken to avoid any potential problems that come up, doctors and hospital staff generally fail to make prospective parents aware of what common complications can occur. Parents can educate themselves and be their own best advocates by being aware of common complications during labor and delivery. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), common problems include:
- Issues in terms of the baby’s heart rate being either too fast or too slow;
- Slow labor that causes stress to the unborn baby;
- Labor that doesn’t progress and may require the use of drugs, such as Pitocin;
- Lack of oxygen to the baby;
- The baby being in an abnormal position that may require the use of forceps or vacuum extraction; and
- Problems with the placenta, either collapsing or being wrapped around the baby
Complications during labor and delivery require immediate attention by doctors and hospital staff.
Newborn Injuries and Trauma
When any of the above conditions exist, your baby could be at risk for some serious and potentially life-altering injuries. Newborn injuries as the result of complications in labor and delivery include:
- Head injuries due to forced extraction;
- Brain injuries resulting from a lack of oxygen;
- Shoulder or hip dislocations;
- Amniotic fluid embolism; and
- Issues with blood supply to the brain and nervous system.
While there’s not always anything parents or doctors can do to prevent complications during labor, it’s important to speak with your doctor about any health concerns you do have. By following the advice your doctor or labor coach gives you in terms of preparing both mentally and physically for labor, you can increase your chances of having a safe and healthy delivery. .
Contact Our Experienced Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Unfortunately, complications during labor and delivery due occur, causing serious and potentially disabling injuries. If your family has suffered an injury or loss due to these types of complications or from doctor or hospital staff errors, contact our experienced Florida medical malpractice attorneys. At Hogan Frick, we fight for the rights of parents and their children, and help victims of medical malpractice recover damages for their injuries. We have office conveniently located in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland. Call us today for a free review of your case.