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Emergency measures sometimes result in birth injuries

| Jan 3, 2016 | Birth Injuries

Emergency and birth are two words that should never be uttered in the same sentence. Modern medicine strictly measures the development of fetuses from conception to projected birth to ensure that the entire process proceeds as smoothly as possible. However, despite all the efforts of modern medicine, it sometimes just isn’t enough. Emergencies are called emergencies because they are unplanned. It is reasonable to think that during an unplanned, high-stress and time-sensitive surgery mistakes will be made. Unfortunately, during the birth of a child, these mistakes can have far-reaching ramifications.

This article will go over the common injuries suffered by newborns during emergency procedures involving the use of forceps. Forceps are giant salad-tong like instruments that are used to clamp onto the head of the baby and pull it from the mother. Emergency procedures present injury risk to the mother, as well as the child. Some of the injuries you may suffer include:

  • Inability to urinate or defecate.
  • Anemia.
  • Pain in the tissue between your anus and vagina.
  • Uterine lining rupture.
  • Bladder injuries.
  • Weakened pelvic muscles and/or ligaments.

It is important to bear in mind that many of these injuries are also associated with traditional vaginal deliveries. The forceps merely exacerbate these injuries. Your child faces a different set of possible injuries, including:

  • Skull fractures and bleeding within the skull.
  • Trauma to the eyes.
  • Seizures.
  • Temporary weakness in facial muscles.
  • Facial injuries.

Typically, your child should be able to recover from these injuries. The human body is incredibly resilient, even at these young ages, although, this is not always the case. If your doctor was forced to use emergency procedures, like forceps, then you may want to monitor your child closely for any signs of severe injuries. Many times, the consequences will not manifest for several months after the birth.

You may find it helpful to speak to an attorney to go over your facts to determine if the doctor committed an error. Birth injuries can carry serious consequences for your child throughout their life. Speaking with an expert can help you plan for your family’s financial future.


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