Premature delivery refers to a childbirth that occurs before 37 weeks of gestation. It is a dangerous and concerning issue that affects numerous families nationwide.
Beyond the intrinsic challenges that may contribute to premature delivery, there is also the possibility of medical malpractice as a direct cause. Families affected by birth injuries can explore their options for legal action by understanding when medical malpractice might cause premature delivery.
Failure to diagnose and treat conditions
One common scenario leading to premature births involves the failure to diagnose and treat maternal conditions. Such conditions include preeclampsia, infections or gestational diabetes. Maternal conditions demand prompt identification and appropriate management. When healthcare providers overlook or mismanage these conditions, it can force an early delivery to prevent further harm.
Negligence during prenatal care
Inadequate prenatal care is another factor contributing to premature births. Regular check-ups are part of monitoring the health of both the mother and the developing baby. If healthcare providers fail to conduct necessary tests or provide timely interventions, the pregnancy may eventually be in jeopardy
Improper handling of labor and delivery
Errors during labor and delivery can be direct contributors to premature births. Incompetent monitoring of fetal distress, incorrect use of delivery instruments or delays in responding to complications can all lead to an emergency situation. In the case of such negligence, an early delivery may become the only viable option.
Prescription medication errors
Prescribing the wrong medication or incorrect dosage can have serious consequences during pregnancy. Some medications may trigger premature contractions or negatively impact the developing fetus. Healthcare providers must exercise extreme caution when prescribing medications to expectant mothers to avoid complications that may force an early delivery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, preterm birth affected about 1 of every 10 infants born in the United States in 2022. Families affected by premature deliveries should understand that they may have the right to pursue compensation for their damages.