Childbirth trauma and labour malpractice 2016-10-20T12:36:01+00:00

Birth Injury, Trauma & Labour Malpractice

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Even an apparently straightforward natural birth can go wrong if midwives and other medical staff fail to monitor the condition of mother and baby properly, sometimes with devastating results.

It is especially important to keep an eye on the baby’s heart rate and position during labour to ensure that it is not in distress, while the mother’s blood pressure and temperature also need to be checked regularly.

Continuous Monitoring Should Be Provided so That Swift Action Can Be Taken If a Problem Develops

In a normal labour, this is done at regular intervals, depending on the stage of labour the mother is at. In other circumstances, for example if the mother has pre-eclampsia, diabetes or has had a c-section previously, then continuous monitoring should be provided so that swift action can be taken if a problem develops.

Medical staff should also monitor the mother for vaginal bleeding or meconium (baby poo) in her waters when they break. Failing to monitor for these vital signs is common cause of birth problems while mistakes by medical staff may also be made in interpreting the information they receive.

Complicated births can bring additional dangers to mother and child where forced extraction techniques, such as forceps or suction, are used. Inappropriate or negligent deployment of these tools can cause serious permanent injuries to the baby, with nerve damage a particular risk.

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Can I Sue the NHS for Childbirth Trauma  / Labour Malpractice?

Before making a claim it is worth taking note of the following point.

Check that your medical issues are grounds for negligence, and not a simple complaint procedure. Complaints about procedure dissatisfaction, or seeking an apology / admission for lack of care / treatment should go to PALS.

When You Might Have a Claim

Injury, continuous pain or loss due to the act of a practitioner or general lack of care at the NHS is an entirely different matter. You might very well have a claim. The duty of care might have been breached meaning the health care professional/s did not provide the expected level of care. If you believe you deserve compensation you may have a medical negligence claim. Read more about how to claim against the NHS here.