Birth Injuries

How A Uterine Rupture Can Lead To A Brain Injury In A Baby

Fetal hypoxia or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) can lead to a cerebral palsy diagnosis in a child. HIE is basically associated with a brain injury that was caused by a reduced level of blood and oxygen. When a uterine rupture is present, one of the biggest concerns is the mother hemorrhaging (bleeding), which can not only lead to death in the mother, but it can also lower the levels of blood and oxygen to the baby. Keep in mind that the baby is part of the mother and whatever happens to the mother can also happen to the baby.

An injury to the brain can occur if the baby’s blood and oxygen levels begin to drop. Due to childbirth causing stress to the baby, the baby has mechanisms to assist with coping with the stresses of labor, with one being the baby’s fetal reserves. Although fetal reserves can assist the baby undergo the stresses of labor, the fetal reserves are not permanent. When the baby’s fetal reserves have run out, and if the baby is not delivered in a timely manner, a devastating injury can occur.

Doctors can ascertain how the baby is handling a vaginal delivery by using the electronic fetal heart monitor that is used in most hospitals in the United States. If the baby is not tolerating the vaginal delivery, the doctors must assist the baby and perform an emergency C-Section.

The fetal heart monitor may show a sudden decrease in the baby’s heart rate, among other things when a uterine rupture occurs, which also causes serious blood loss in the mother. Doctors are required to interpret these signs and provide the necessary treatment to help prevent injury to the baby. A traumatic brain injury can be the result if doctors fail to act accordingly.

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