Negligent Fetal Monitoring During Labor

When you’ve been counting the minutes between contractions and you’re headed to the hospital, you expect your medical team to be on top of everything. Sure, complications can arise, but you will be ready for whatever happens during your labor. You’re fully committed to brining your baby into the world as safely and smoothly as possible, and you’re counting on your labor and delivery team to be ready too. Nothing in your carefully detailed birth plan involves negligent fetal monitoring during labor. When negligence occurs during labor and warning signs, complications or fetal distress is missed or overlooked, you and your baby are at great risk for long-term and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Monitoring the Baby’s Heart Rate

One of the most important parts of fetal monitoring during labor is the monitoring of the baby’s heart rate. So much information can be gleaned for experienced eyes and hands in the delivery room. Any heart rate abnormalities should be immediately recognized and investigated to ensure that both mom and the baby are doing well. Your doctor and medical team should all be well prepared and paying great attention for any changes in the baby’s heart tones. Whether there is a heart arrhythmia or a late deceleration or a loss of variability, you need to have confidence that whatever arises in the monitoring of your baby is immediately recognized and handled appropriately, safely and swiftly with the safety of both you and your baby in mind. Listed below are some heart rate abnormalities that your labor and delivery team needs to be watchful for.

Fetal Heart Rate Abnormalities
  • Early deceleration
  • Late deceleration
  • Variable decelerations
  • Arrhythmia
  • Loss of variability
  • Prolonged acceleration
  • Lack of acceleration
Improper Fetal Monitoring

Improper fetal monitoring can lead to injuries to both the baby and mom. When babies aren’t properly monitored in the womb during labor, they’re put at risk for injuries like cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), brain damage and a variety of other potential life-threatening long-term injuries. It’s absolutely critical for babies to be appropriately and safely monitored in the womb during labor. Your medical team needs to be on top of any heart rate changes that could indicate trouble. In many cases involving potential risks during labor and delivery, early assessment and intervention can prevent unnecessary tragedies. Listed below are some common birth injuries associated with negligent fetal monitoring during labor.

Injuries Associated with Negligent Fetal Monitoring During Labor
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hypoxia
  • Uterine rupture
  • Aspiration of amniotic fluid and fecal material
  • Paralysis
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Lac of blood supply to baby’s brain
  • Placental abruption
  • Compressed umbilical cord
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Brain damage
  • Placenta detaching from uterus
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Umbilical cord wrapped around baby’s neck
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Birth asphyxia
  • Leukomalacia
  • Stillbirth
Immediate Recognition of Fetal Distress

The most important part of fetal monitoring during labor is immediate recognition of fetal distress. Although it can sometimes seem like things are moving along at a snail’s pace in the delivery room, things can change in an instant. Your team needs to be able to spring into action at any sign of fetal distress to ensure you and your baby’s safety during labor and delivery. Seconds and even minutes matter when you’re in the delivery room. A few minutes can mean the difference between a healthy baby and a baby who has an irreversible birth injury that will impact his or her life forever. Timely intervention during labor and delivery is essential should any fetal distress or complications arise. Mothers and families are counting on their doctors and medical teams to monitor and catch any potential signs of distress as soon as they occur.

Negligent Fetal Monitoring During Labor Lawyer

If your baby has suffered from any kind of birth injury, it’s absolutely critical to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer who has birth injury case experience as soon as possible about your case. It will be necessary to ensure a full and thorough investigation is conducted to determine if your doctor or medical team missed critical signs of fetal distress during delivery. Your attorney can stay on top of any investigative details and be your advocate during this difficult time. Focus on your baby and what’s important. Let your lawyer help you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and expenses associated with the preventable medical negligence that happened in the delivery room. Negligent fetal monitoring during labor can permanently injuries babies and impact families for months, years and even decades.

If your baby sustained a birth injury and you suspect negligent fetal monitoring during labor was to blame, contact the skilled and proven Birth Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate free case consultation today.

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