Fetal monitoring is one of the most important aspects of labor and delivery. Properly monitoring mother and baby during labor will ensure that the proper care is given and that any complications or emergencies are quickly addressed, should they arise.
One such complication is fetal distress. This term is traditionally used to describe a situation where the baby is not getting sufficient oxygen during pregnancy or labor. Fetal distress is most frequently detected through electronic fetal heart rate monitoring. Abnormalities in fetal heart rate indicate that there is a potential problem, allowing doctors to take the appropriate steps to move forward with a swift and safe delivery.
But what happens if a doctor or nurse fails to properly monitor a baby’s heart rate? What if fetal distress is indicated on fetal heart rate monitoring, but there is a delay in addressing the problem? These are issues that may indicate medical negligence. If you suspect any type of wrongdoing, the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston can help. We can talk to you, review medical records, and make an initial assessment of whether you may have a case. We can help you take the first steps toward justice.
Addressing Fetal Distress
Fetal distress can be addressed in various ways. Changing the mother’s position and ensuring the mother is hydrated and has sufficient oxygen are both fairly easy ways to address minor fetal distress, but in more serious cases, intravenous medication or amnioinfusion (the insertion of fluid in the amniotic cavity to relieve pressure on the umbilical cord) may be required. In severe cases of fetal distress, a C-section may need to be performed as quickly as possible.
Delays in response to fetal distress or negligent fetal monitoring can lead to:
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain and other organs)
- Brain damage
- Wrongful death
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At the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, we realize what is at stake for a family who has suffered the consequences of obstetric negligence. Michael Bereston is a Maryland birth injury lawyer serving clients across the U.S. He has more than 30 years of trial experience to apply to complex cases involving fetal distress. We offer caring, skilled representation on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless there is a recovery.
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