If your child experienced a birth injury resulting from mishandling of a breech position, contact Willens Law Offices.
When a baby is in a breech presentation, a vaginal delivery raises the risk of birth injury and death. This is why experts recommend a C-section delivery. Recent research shows the likelihood of dying was ten times greater in breech babies delivered vaginally than those delivered by C-section. The study wasn’t small, either. It examined more than 58,000 cases of women in The Netherlands who gave birth to a baby in breech position between 1999 and 2007.
Breech position often prolongs labor because a physician will typically first try to manually manipulate the baby into a head-first position. This is done by gently moving the baby into place from outside the mother’s abdomen. However, prolonged labor raises the baby’s risk of suffering oxygen deprivation and other damage.
If the child cannot be shifted into a head-first position, a C-section is appropriate.
Breech Presentation: When it Leads to Birth Injuries
Birth injuries from a mishandled breech presentation can cause trauma. These include brain bleeds, lack of oxygen, cerebral palsy, and seizures. Complications that often occur when a baby is in breech position include the following:
- Umbilical cord compression
- Nuchal cord
- Fetal distress
- Forceps injury
- Vacuum extractor injury
- Traumatic injury
It is critical that a doctor properly evaluate both mother and child in order to identify and address a breech position. Continuous fetal heart rate monitoring is another important factor. It allows medical staff to know precisely when a baby is in danger.
The correct standards of care for delivery must be followed. Both the hospital and the individual staff members must be prepared for a delivery by emergency C-section at a moment’s notice to prevent potential injuries to both mother and baby or a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers
If your child experienced a birth injury resulting from mishandling of a breech position, contact Willens Law Offices. We have helped many families of injured children get the compensation they need for a secure future. We strive to give the utmost personal attention to each child and family we represent.