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Health risks to mothers during pregnancy and delivery

Sadly, babies are susceptible to birth injuries that can affect their whole lives if not prevented. Though some birth injuries are unavoidable, doctors may be at fault for failing to monitor the baby's condition or taking reasonable measures to prevent injury. What many people do not realize is that a mother's injuries are also relevant to a medical malpractice case if the doctor failed to monitor her condition and risk of injury as well.

Some health risks that mothers might face include:

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a condition that can develop during pregnancy that leads to high blood pressure and organ failure, usually in the kidneys. If it is not addressed, it can lead to major problems for both mother and child. It may be difficult to know if something is wrong since some of the symptoms are common, but doctors should be regulating your blood pressure throughout pregnancy and noting any abnormalities.

There may not be a perfect medical answer to preeclampsia, as preeclampsia often requires a C-section that has its own risks, but doctors should be aware of it and discuss options with you.

Placenta previa

Placenta previa occurs when the placenta partially or fully covers the cervix, which blocks the baby's exit point. Oftentimes, this condition corrects itself later in the pregnancy, but your doctor should inform you about it and be consistently checking its progress. If it is still an issue late in the pregnancy, your doctor should recommend medication and treatment and discuss the need for a c-section.

Risks of a C-section

The number of C-section deliveries has slowly been increasing over the years, but this operation does not come without risks. It is important to note that injury or complication after the operation does not necessarily mean there was an instance of medical malpractice on your doctor's part; that is why it is important to get in touch with an attorney about your situation to see if you have a case.

Women who undergo a C-section are at risk of infection at the site and significant blood loss that may require transfusions. There is also a chance that organs could be damaged in the process. While many C-sections go smoothly, doctors and surgeons may make mistakes or fail to prevent complications that should have been foreseen.

If you or your infant was injured during pregnancy or delivery and you believe it was caused by the doctor's negligence, you can contact a birth injury attorney. They will examine your case and help you decide what action to take during this difficult time to provide for your family. You may still be able to file years after the injury occurred, so do not let time hinder you from seeking financial help as you care for your or your child's condition.

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