Did the doctors say initially that placenta problems at birth caused your baby’s birth injury? Today I will provide guidance to those families looking for official information on the status of their placenta and why this is important when finding answers for what happened to their baby.


In this post the birth injury that we are discussing is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. An HIE injury can happen when there is a reduction in blood and oxygen which can lead a baby to suffer a brain injury. This type of injury can vary in severity. For example, the injury can be mild, moderate, or severe.


Placenta Problems At Birth Cause Birth Injury?


When talking about what may have caused this type of brain injury that we are discussing today there can be three main groups. The group that we will focus on today is medical malpractice. When medical malpractice is alleged, this means that the defendant (s) is/are the cause of the injury.


From a medical-legal standpoint we have to remember that in some cases if there are problems with the placenta this can cause problems for the baby. For example, placental insufficiency, if present can mean there is not enough blood being transferee to the baby. If this condition is present, then you should be able to see how your baby might suffer a brain injury.


With the above stated, it is still important to remember that you need to see the report on the placenta to know for certain what may have been going on with the placenta. If your doctors suspect a problem with the placenta a placental pathology might be performed. The doctor who will lead this exam is called a placental pathologist. These doctors have specific training in the placenta and their reports will cover what they found during their exam. When we perform birth injury investigation for a family the placenta is something that we will check because we need to see if the placenta did in fact have problems or if the sample was misread and medical malpractice is in fact the cause of the HIE birth injury.


As a parent if you are looking to find answers about your placenta after doctors told you that it might have had problems, which might have caused your baby’s birth injury, you can request the medical records so you can read the report. To get the report you will have to make your request to the hospital. As a side Pro Tip, if you have these types of concerns, you should request mother’s records along with baby’s records and the fetal heart strip records. You should get all three because you never know in the future what records you may need. When you get mom’s records the placental pathology report should be embedded in mom’s records. If the record is not there you may have to make the request to the placental pathology department for the full report.


To speak with me about your baby’s HIE brain injury you can reach me at my contact information below. It does not cost you to talk with me initially about your baby’s story.


Marcus B. Boston, Esq.

Boston Law Group, LLC

9701 Apollo Dr. Suite 100

Largo, Maryland 20774



1-833-4 BABY HELP



Marcus Boston is a Maryland medical malpractice attorney who helps people navigate the Maryland childbirth injury and medical malpractice process to get money for their injuries caused by the carelessness of doctors and hospitals. BLG handles cases in Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and all other Maryland Counties. blgesq.com blgesq Maryland birth injury attorneys