Childbirth is a stressful process for both the mother and baby. However, delivery can go from stressful to tragic when an Iowa obstetrician fails to diagnose shoulder dystocia.
Shoulder dystocia is a birth complication that happens when the baby’s shoulders become stuck in the birth canal. After the baby’s head has been delivered, the shoulder of the infant is unable to emerge from behind the mother’s pubic bone and the baby becomes stuck. The labor process continues, and contractions push down on the baby’s head, neck, and umbilical cord. If this is not corrected quickly, shoulder dystocia can lead to developmental delays, serious physical injuries, or even death.
There are several different injuries that can occur to a newborn if shoulder dystocia is not properly addressed by a doctor. These can include:
If you or your newborn has suffered any of these conditions after their birth, you should speak with a medical malpractice attorney right away, because the obstetrician may have been negligent.
Shoulder dystocia is a medical complication that every OB-GYN should be able to diagnose and treat when it happens. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors aren’t prepared for these complications, or they don’t recognize the signs and symptoms until the baby is in danger. When this happens, the baby can suffer permanent injuries from the delay in treatment.
Shoulder dystocia can also occur from assisted delivery. When the doctor utilizes forceps or a vacuum during a difficult labor, this can increase the possibility of complications. If either of these methods must be used, the OB-GYN should be prepared for shoulder dystocia to occur.
If your baby has suffered irreversible damage due to shoulder dystocia during birth, you need to speak with an Iowa medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Call RSH Legal today at 1-800-433-0283.
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