Breech Delivery Complications
Things move fast in the delivery room. If all goes according to plan, babies are born swiftly and in the proper position, with minimal or no complications or distress from mother or baby. In some cases, babies are not in the proper position for delivery, and that’s known as a breech delivery. If the baby doesn’t move into proper position, head first; there can be complications for mom and baby during the delivery. That being said, all labor and delivery doctors and teams should be well trained and ready to handle any potential complication that could arise in the delivery room, and swiftly. If any kind of negligence contributes to complications associated with a breech delivery, mothers and babies are put at risk for long-term and potentially life-threatening injuries. Listed below are the different types and positions of breech births.
Different Types of Breech Births
- Frank breech
- Footling breech
- Complete breech
There are three main types of breech birth positions. First, there is the frank breech. In this position, the baby’s bottom is pointed down toward the birth canal. The baby’s legs will be sticking up in front of its body. In a footling breech, either or both of the baby’s feet will be pointed down the birth canal and will come out of the mother first. Where complete breeches are concerned, the baby is in a completely breeched position. This mean’s that the baby’s bottom is pointed toward the birth canal and the legs are folded in. Depending upon the circumstances of your unique and individual breech delivery, you could be looking at a variety of potential birth injuries. Listed below are just a few of the potential birth injuries associated with breech delivery complications.
Birth Injuries Associated with Breech Delivery Complications
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Fetal distress
- Umbilical cord prolapse
- Cerebral palsy
- Compressed umbilical cord
- Nerve damage
- Umbilical cord wrapped around baby’s neck
- Oxygen deprivation
Brain Damage and Spinal Cord Injury
One of the scariest and potentially most devastating types of injury associated with some breech delivery complications is brain damage. Brain damage can be permanent and make a long-term negative impact on baby’s and families. If your baby suffered from brain damage or a spinal cord injury due to breech delivery complications, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven birth injury case experience as soon as possible about your case.
Oxygen deprivation is another concern where breech delivery complications are concerned. If the umbilical cord is compressed or wrapped around the baby’s neck, and immediate medical intervention isn’t performed, the baby can suffer from oxygen deprivation and related injuries. In this type of case, time is of the essence. Doctors and medical teams will need to act fast, because every minute and every second counts.
Expenses Associated With Breech Delivery Complications
Depending upon the injuries and complications involved in your breech delivery, you could be looking at tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or more in medical costs in the immediate short term and over your baby’s lifetime. It will be necessary to discuss medical bills and long-term healthcare expenses with your attorney. It’s important for parents and families to have the compensation they deserve to cover medical bills for their new babies, especially if medical malpractice, negligence or errors in the delivery room caused irreparable damage.
In the delivery room, every second counts. Breech deliveries can and should be handled swiftly and safely for mother and baby. Mothers shouldn’t have to worry when their babies are in the breech position. You should have confidence that your medical team can handle any potential complication that might arise in the delivery room, safely, quickly and with the mom and baby’s best interest at heart. When medical errors, negligence or malpractice results in lifelong injuries to babies, it’s essential to have a personal injury attorney on your side, who has proven birth injury case experience. Let your attorney be your advocate as you focus on what’s important, your new baby. A birth injury lawyer can fight to get the compensation you need for medical bills and expenses.
If you have been injured or if your baby has suffered a birth injury associated with breech delivery complications in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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