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.