What Types of Injuries Do Women Face During Childbirth?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2022 | Birth Injuries

Although women give birth every day, this natural body function comes with risks. Nevertheless, most mothers go to great lengths to ensure bringing a healthy child into the world, despite anticipating the discomfort of childbirth.

However, medical errors may cause the following complications that put every New Mexico mother’s health and life at risk.

Excessive Bleeding

A woman’s doctor must take measures to manage excessive bleeding when her uterus fails to contract after delivery. Failure to note a mother’s existing medical conditions, the presence of too much amniotic fluid or the incomplete expulsion of the placenta can lead to dangerous bleeding.

Complications With Anesthetics

Insufficient anesthesia may make a woman’s labor unnecessarily uncomfortable, but excessive amounts can be harmful or fatal. Medical errors involving anesthesia during delivery can cause a woman to go into respiratory or cardiac arrest and experience paralysis and brain damage.

Undetected Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia can begin 20 weeks into a pregnancy and produces symptoms including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Edema
  • Neurological complications including seizures
  • Blindness

Although the condition is rare, a pregnant mother’s medical team must know its potential signs and apply urgent treatment to prevent life-threatening consequences. Treatment may include drugs to stabilize blood pressure and reduce brain and other organ inflammation. Doctors must also determine appropriate delivery methods to avoid additional stress on a woman’s body.

Cesarean Complications

Surgical mistakes during a cesarean procedure can cause lacerations of a woman’s uterus, bladder, or bowel that lead to painful or systemic infections and excessive bleeding that can endanger a mother’s health or future fertility. If a damaging c-section occurs without a patient’s consent, the case for medical malpractice may be more substantial.

When medical errors and negligence threaten your life and your child’s life, a medical malpractice lawsuit can hold your healthcare providers accountable.


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