Troubles During Childbirth: Birth Trauma
The country as a whole is flocking to our medical professionals for reasons great and small, leaving our doctors with less time to devote to each patient. For some people, this is the last thing they want to have happen while they are in the middle of labor. Women come to the hospital bright-eyed and full of optimism, birthing plan in hand, insistent that the obstetrician follows it every step of the way. Unbeknownst to our patient, their doctor has five other deliveries that morning and has not slept in the last 24 hours, so they are in a hurry to get through this one. Not only does the birthing plan change entirely to suit the doctor’s schedule, but injuries can also occur to both the mother and the child, while the physician continues to inflict these and similar wounds on other families.What Went Wrong
Many of the injuries that occur at childbirth, called birth trauma, occur due to the improper use of the medical devices and tools by the medical staff. These odds increase significantly if the staff is rushed to get the baby out and “on to the next”. On average, 29 out of every 1,000 babies delivered are injured due to the misuse of the instruments by staff. These injuries include, but are not limited to:
- C-Section injuries;
- Caput succedaneum, which is the swelling of the scalp, often due to breaking of the amniotic sac or the use of a vacuum to extract the child;
- Horner’s Syndrome, which is a condition caused by damage to the nerve from the brain to the eye and face, often attributed to the improper use of the forceps, pulling too hard on the baby, or failing to detect distress during labor;
- Hydrocephalus, which is the buildup of too much cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); and
- Infant Bell’s Palsy, which is paralysis or weakness on one side of the face that can be caused by the lack of oxygen flow.
These are just a few of the long list of problems that can occur if any of the medical staff are too busy or rushing the delivery, which is why many new parents are now considering an all-natural birth alternative. Such births are done without all the assistance of medical technology, instruments, and procedures. While this option still has many dangers, it is up to each family to determine which risks they are willing to risk and which they are not.What Happens Next?
Rarely does a birthing plan go 100% according to what you mapped out, which is why it is encouraged that you have multiple backup plans. The primary goal should be that both mom and baby make it through the process without any injuries. If your delivery resulted in injury to either yourself or you child, you might be interested in finding out your options. Keep in mind that every injury is not due to negligence on the part of the medical team, but if they intentionally disobeyed your wishes and the outcome was injury, then you may consider speaking to a legal professional.
If you are interested in discussing your case with a San Jose, CA medical malpractice attorney, contact Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. today at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your free consultation. We have a long-standing record of winning birth injury cases and are prepared to help you get the compensation you deserve.Sources