Obstetrician Medical Malpractice – Care During Labor and Delivery
The birth of a child is one of the most wondrous and exciting times for couples. The thoughts of raising a child, imagining who they will be as they grow and all the joys of parenthood await the expectant parents. But what if the child is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, suffers seizures, has developmental delays, brain injuries, or is Autistic?

Frequently these types of situations occur because of problems during labor and delivery. The medical terms are complicated:
  • Anoxia – a total lack of oxygen
  • Hypoxia – a decreased amount of oxygen which may result in permanent brain injury
  • Fetal Distress – a condition of a fetus characterized by an abnormal heart rhythm
  • Non-reassuring fetal heart rate – describes a change or variation in a baby’s heart rate
  • Shoulder dystocia – a condition that occurs when the baby is “stuck” under the mother’s pelvic bone causing the baby to be in the birth canal for an extended period without oxygen
During delivery the baby’s heart rate is measured using a fetal monitoring device. The device measures the strength of the mother’s contractions and the baby’s heart rate. Normally, the baby’s heart rate will accelerate during a uterine contraction, and this is considered a regular part of the birth process. However, when the heart rate decelerates or the baby has “variable decelerations” during the contractions, this can be a sign that the delivery must occur quickly in order to avoid stress to the baby.

Indications of Problems During Labor and Delivery
There are several things to consider when evaluating your personal labor and delivery situation.
  1. Was the delivery of the child delayed?
  2. What was the child’s Apgar score?
  3. Did the child have seizures within 48 hours of birth?
  4. Was the child not breathing after birth?
  5. Did the child require resuscitation?
  6. Did the child require a stay in the intensive care unit?

Children born with these types of medical problems often require a lifetime of care including physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy, hospitalization, home care, and nursing care. Additionally, they may require medical equipment such as specially designed wheelchairs, medical beds, and even home modifications such as widened doorways, ramps, etc. to accommodate a special needs child.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.