Study: Increase in danger to babies, mothers during birth
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 19, 2012 in Birth Injuries
Childbirth is an exciting and frightening experience for most parents. We hope that a baby is healthy and safe when he or she is born, however the reality is that at times, something goes wrong and a mistake is made. These errors can result in serious birth injuries to a baby or medical complications that jeopardize the health of the mother.
A recent study suggests that in the decade ending in 2009, complications and emergencies during the delivery of a baby increased by about 75 percent. We often focus on the wellbeing of an infant during the birth process, but there is also a similar danger posed to women during childbirth. The complications that are occurring in Connecticut hospitals and those nationwide are putting the lives of both the baby and mother in danger.
The study that reported these worrisome statistics was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDCP also notes that the number of women who suffered severe complications immediately following a delivery more than doubled during that time as well. These severe complications affect as many as 52,000 women every year.
One of the most common risks that women face after giving birth is hemorrhaging. Without proper medical attention and treatment, a hemorrhage can put a woman's life in danger or result in the need for an emergency hysterectomy. Any medical situation in which a mother or baby's life is in danger should be tended to and remedied immediately. If there is not effective treatment and response on the part of a medical team during this time, a family can be changed forever.
Medical negligence before, during or even after a birth can be devastating. If a mother or baby suffers brain damage, hemorrhaging, or complications during a cesarean section, it can be crucial to seek legal advice. Parents and loved ones may be eligible to pursue financial compensation from a negligent hospital or doctor. While money cannot undo the damage that may have been done during childbirth, it can help families cope with medical bills, the cost of ongoing care and other unexpected expenses.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Steep Rise of Complications in Childbirth Spurs Action," Dec. 10, 2012