Baby got stuck during delivery and now you have learned that he or she has a brain injury? For many parents not only is this situation confusing, it can present a host of emotions and worry as to how their child will meet future challenges. With that said, the main purpose of this Maryland medical malpractice article is to help you understand a medical condition called shoulder dystocia and how in some cases a brain injury can occur.
WHAT IS SHOULDER DYSTOCIA?
Did your baby get stuck during delivery? The name for this is shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby gets trapped behind the mother’s pelvis. When this occurs, doctors must notice it and move quickly to free the child.
According to research, certain factors can increase the chance of shoulder dystocia. Some of the factors are an increase and the baby’s weight, mom’s body mass index, duration of the second stage of labor, and whether mom has had a previous shoulder dystocia delivery.
BABY GOT STUCK DURING DELIVERY NOW HAS A BRAIN INJURY?
When shoulder dystocia is present, it presents as an emergency because for one thing, the baby’s umbilical cord can get compressed. The umbilical cord is important to the baby in that it provides the needed nutrients and oxygen. If the cord is compressed in there can be a reduced level of oxygen getting to the baby. This reduce the level of oxygen can trigger fetal hypoxia or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
This is why doctors have to pay attention and move to free the child as soon as possible. Value of the doctors to attend to shoulder dystocia properly can lead to serious injury, or death in some cases.
NEED TO SPEAK WITH ME REGARDING YOUR BABY’S BIRTH INJURY?
Baby got stuck during delivery and now you have learned they have a brain injury? To speak with me further regarding the challenges your child may face in the future this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone and give me a call. I can be reached at
301-850-4832. I answer Maryland birth injury and medical malpractice questions just like yours all the time and I will be happy to listen to your story.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815