Too many contractions and baby oxygen levels are an important issue during labor and delivery. Having too many contractions over a 10-minute timeframe, assessed over a 30-minute window can, in some instances be problematic for a baby. I am talking about this issue because over the past few days I have seen this issue come up with families. When too many contractions and baby oxygen levels are at issue, failure to diagnose and treat can sometimes lead to problems for the baby, especially if there is evidence of fetal distress on the electronic fetal heart monitor.
Baby Oxygen Traumatic Birth Injury…
One of the most common traumatic brain injuries that we come across when a baby suffers a blood and oxygen issue is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. HIE can occur in our context when there is a reduction in blood and oxygen, and this causes the baby to suffer a brain injury. HIE injuries for babies can range from mild in nature to severe.
For some children, depending on the nature of the injury and what area(s) of the brain that are impacted, there can be a subsequent cerebral palsy, or CP diagnosis. With that said, not every child who has an HIE diagnosis will go on and have a CP diagnosis.
Too Many Contractions And Baby Oxygen
When a mother is having too many contractions over a given period, the medical condition for this is called tachysystole. From some of the literature, the average on the high end is a mother having 5 contractions over 10 minutes, assessed over a 30-minute time frame.
If a mother is having too many contractions and is moving into the realm of tachysystole, doctors and nurses must pay close attention to the labor and delivery, especially if mom’s labor is being assisted with contraction producing drugs.
Tachysystole, can bring with it the threat of a baby suffering oxygen related problems. In addition, uterine rupture can occur if nothing is done to treat the condition. When these things are present, there is a risk of a baby suffering an injury like HIE.
If you would like to speak with me further regarding an investigation into the cause of your baby’s HIE diagnosis, this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone can call me.
I talk with families all the time about MAS, HIE, CP (cerebral palsy) and I would be happy to listen to your story. I can be reached at 301-850-4832.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
1-833-4 BABY HELP