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Your doctor should be able to recognize signs of fetal distress

As you journey through pregnancy, you may encounter numerous health challenges. From weight gain to sudden aversion to foods you normally enjoy, as well as trouble sleeping, and occasionally feeling as though you're riding an emotional roller-coaster, having a baby may be one of the most exciting, rewarding, yet difficult experiences of your life. If you've given birth in the past, you may have some idea what to expect although no two pregnancies or deliveries are exactly the same.

For this reason, it's so important to have a Massachusetts doctor you can trust. Through prenatal visits and proper attention and care during labor and delivery, you and your doctor become a team to help your baby enter the world in as safe and healthy a manner as possible. Your doctor is responsible for closely monitoring your condition and for recognizing potential problems, such as fetal distress so that he or she can take appropriate action to keep your baby and you from suffering injury.

Signs that warrant immediate medical attention

In the weeks leading up to your delivery date, as well as during and after the birthing process, your baby may exhibit signs that suggest he or she is in distress. The following list includes some of the most common types of issues that alert doctors to problematic situations:

  • If your baby isn't moving in the womb as much as he or she should. The closer you are to your due date, the less room your baby has, but you should still feel him or her moving every day. 
  • Your doctor should order a non-stress test if you report significantly decreased fetal movement.
  • It's not uncommon to feel minor tightening in your abdomen as you near the end of your pregnancy, which is often called Braxton Hicks contractions. If you experience sudden cramping, however, or pain that radiates to your back, it may signify a serious problems, such as placental abruption. 
  • Other maternal health crises, such as vaginal bleeding, can be a sign of serious fetal distress.
  • When you attend prenatal visits, your doctor should always review your vital signs. Your doctor should note any causes for concern and make decisions on the side of safety for you and your child.

Highly skilled and experienced doctors know how to spot signs of trouble and can often work under great stress to make split second decisions that are needed to save babies' and mothers' lives. If you or your child suffers injury because your doctor failed in his or her obligation to assess a situation and take action, it is understandable that you would want to seek restitution.

Medical malpractice

Many Massachusetts mothers and fathers say they felt betrayed when medical professionals' negligence caused disastrous results in a birth experience that may otherwise have been one of the most joyful times in their lives. State law allows parents to file medical malpractice claims, whereby they are tasked with showing evidence to the court that proves that negligence occurred and that it caused injury.

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