Anne Arundel County Maryland birth injury lawyer Marcus Boston explains critical issues in a birth injury investigation.
When a child has suffered an injury at birth it is natural for the parents to have many questions. From “How did this happen?” to “What lies ahead for my baby?”, parents just want answers to their questions. In some cases though, parents are left in the dark by medical professionals and this can leave them feeling helpless and confused.
The main purpose of this Maryland birth injury educational article is to give you a better understanding of some of this things your lawyer will investigate to help you get the answers you and your family deserves.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MONITORING THE BABY’S HEART RATE
An Anne Arundel County Maryland birth injury lawyer will make sure that the fetal heart strips are properly investigated. Fetal heart strips are produced from a device called the fetal heart monitor. Most hospitals all across the United States now use a fetal heart monitor during the birth of a child.
The goal of the fetal heart monitor is to inform the doctors and other medical professionals how well the baby is tolerating a vaginal delivery. If the monitor reveals that the child is not handling the delivery well, then the doctors have to be prepared to help the baby out during the process.
WAS THERE A LACK OF OXYGEN TO THE BRAIN DURING DELIVERY?
When the fetal heart monitor reveals that the baby is in distress, one critical issue to be concerned about is whether there may be a lack of oxygen getting to the baby’s brain. Oxygen is essential to all of us as humans because without it, our body can suffer serious injury or death.
If the fetal heart monitor reveals that the baby’s heart rate is well over 165 beats per minute for a considerable amount of time, then doctors have to be concerned about tachycardia. On the other hand, if the baby’s heart rate is too low for a considerable amount of time, then bradycardia can be present. When these conditions are present, along with late decelerations, and/or meconium (the baby passing stool), doctors should be ready to perform an emergency C-section if needed (assuming other measures are not working).
AN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY MARYLAND BIRTH INJURY LAWYER CAN HELP
If you would like to speak with me further regarding your child’s birth injury, this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone and give me a call. It costs you nothing to just call me.
I can be reached at 301-850-4832.
I answer Maryland birth injury and medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and I would be happy to listen to your story.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815