1Labor and Delivery Complications May Affect Fetal Health
Labor and delivery problems refer to any of the dangerous complications associated with the birthing process that can put mothers or newborns in danger. Different mothers have very different experiences with labor and delivery, and while some will give birth seamlessly and easily, it is normal for others to experience some problems. In this section we’ll cover some of the most common complications associated with labor and delivery.
Labor and Delivery Problems & Cerebral Palsy
Compared to the gestational weeks leading up to birth, labor and delivery might feel fast and risky. Because even the healthiest baby can suffer severe injuries from labor and delivery, it is crucial for medical professionals to monitor labor and delivery closely and act swiftly and skillfully when complications arise. Unfortunately, problems associated with labor and delivery often lead to severe lifelong injuries in a newborn as the result of negligence on the part of a medical professional. As you’ll read in this section, most of the labor and delivery complications are dangerous because they result in oxygen, blood, and nutrient deprivation in the baby. Since hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) and ischemia (decreased blood flow to the brain) are two of the leading causes of cerebral palsy, it is important for physicians to prevent labor and delivery injuries.
Whether you are a parent with an approaching due date or are the loved one of a child with a labor and delivery birth injury, we encourage you to use the materials in this section for medical reference, legal information, support, and inspiration.
Labor and Delivery Problems
In this section we will cover the injuries, causes, risk factors, diagnoses, signs and symptoms, and treatments for the following labor and delivery problems:
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- Premature Birth
- Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PROM)
- Uterine Rupture
- Nuchal Cord
- Umbilical Cord Prolapse and Compression
- Placental Abruption
- Pitocin and Cytotec (Labor Induction Drugs)
- C-Section Mistakes