Birthing is a tense high stakes process where nothing can go wrong. Every second matters and even the slightest delays or moments of inaction can risk the lives of the mother and child.
Unfortunately, thousands of mothers do not enjoy motherhood due to negligence during this critical stage. Birth injuries on either the mother or child can have far-reaching effects, some of which are irreversible. Birth asphyxia is among them.
What is birth asphyxia?
Birth asphyxia happens when the body’s organs do not receive sufficient oxygen before, during or after birth. When this happens, these organs cannot work properly. Waste can build up, leading to organ failure. It can have devastating consequences.
Some causes of birth asphyxia include:
- Prolonged or difficult delivery
- Mother’s low blood pressure
- Insufficient oxygen levels in the mother due to preexisting conditions
- Compression of the umbilical cord
- A blockage in the baby’s airways
- Placental abruption when there is early separation from the placenta, among others
Your child may develop paralysis, seizures, impaired development or even cerebral palsy due to birth asphyxia. Your otherwise healthy baby may end up with avoidable health conditions. On top of that, some of these effects are not treatable, only manageable.
Birth asphyxia may be due to medical negligence
There is no room for slip-ups or mistakes in the delivery room. If your child suffered birth asphyxia during delivery, you might have a valid medical malpractice claim. You can claim compensation for your child’s injuries and the damages suffered from medical negligence.
Managing the effects of birth asphyxia can get expensive, financially and emotionally. Therefore, you need to do everything possible to hold the negligent party accountable and get justice. Getting the settlement you deserve will help you cope with life ahead and ensure your child lives comfortably.