After the vaginal birth of your child you are told that your child has suffered a serious injury.
In issues like what this educational article will deal with, injuries can either be to the head, neck, arm, or hand.
Add to this, in some unfortunate cases death can occur.
Many times parents have a hard time understanding what could have caused this to happen to their child.
BABY STUCK DURING VAGINAL DELIVERY?
Sometimes a child can get stuck during delivery.
One of the medical terms for this is shoulder dystocia.
What this means is that the child can stuck behind the mother’s pelvis.
This creates an emergency in the delivery room because doctors have to work to free the child before serious injury or death can occur.
WHAT CAN DOCTORS DO WHEN THIS HAPPEN?
Even though a shoulder dystocia condition creates an emergency in the delivery room, doctors are trained to deal with the situation.
Doctors are taught specific maneuvers to help free the child.
One type of maneuver used is the McRobert’s maneuver.
SO HOW CAN AN INJURY HAPPEN THEN?
Sometime doctors will panic in a shoulder dystocia case.
This panic can lead to the doctor not performing the medical techniques the right way.
In cases like this, the doctors will, for example, use too much force to free the baby.
The use of too much force can injury your baby’s head, neck, arm, or hand.
Death can sometimes be the result, also.
Injuries such as brachial plexus palsy, Erb’s Palsy, Klumpke’s Palsy, and even childbirth brain injuries can sometimes be caused because of a shoulder dystocia case gone wrong.
ARE YOU DEALING WITH THIS?
If your child has been injured at birth and you think that a shoulder dystocia situation gone badly was the cause of the injury this is what we invite you to do.
It costs you nothing to take this next action.
Pick up the phone and give us a call.
We can be reached at 301-850-4832.
We answer Maryland medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to listen to your story.