CERVIDIL® (Cervidil) is a vaginal insert with medication that is meant to “jumpstart” labor by preparing a pregnant mother’s cervix. Cervidil contains dinoprostone which is similar to prostaglandins produced by the body. Cervidil is placed vaginally by a healthcare provider and is used to induce labor. However, Cervidil has recently been linked to side effects that could endanger a mother and her newborn.
The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc. in Maryland is currently hearing from families in which Cervidil was used who might have a birth injury claim. If you think Cervidil has caused you and your child to be injured during the birthing process, then we encourage you to dial (410) 220-6581 at your next opportunity.
Initial consultations are always free. Schedule yours today.
What are the Side Effects of Cervidil?
Cervidil is inserted into the posterior area of the vagina. The insert is left in for several hours (usually 12 hours or less) and is removed by the healthcare provider. During the time it is in the mother, it slowly releases dinoprostone in an effort to relax the cervix to allow labor to begin.
The side effects of Cervidil that a mother might experience are:
- Persistent fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea and abdominal pain
- Back and body pain
Some of these symptoms may be minor and pass quickly. Others can be severe and put the mother and baby’s health at risk, requiring urgent medical attention.
Is Cervidil Safe for Your Baby?
The greatest risk of Cervidil and similar labor-inducing medications is
overstimulation of the uterus causing contractions that may be too close.
Overstimulation can cause too many contractions, which can affect the
unborn child’s blood-oxygen levels. An unborn child with inadequate
oxygenation will be at a higher risk of
hypoxic brain damage or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
Babies born with HIE often develop or also have cerebral palsy (CP). As a permanent brain injury, CP can cause a lifetime of hardships.
CP and HIE symptoms can include:
- Learning difficulties
- Motor control difficulties
- Speech impediments
What is Informed Consent in a Birth Injury Claim?
An important element to a birth injury claim involving Cervidil usage will be whether or not you were able to give informed consent before Cervidil was used. Informed consent occurs when a patient is told thoroughly about a recommended medical procedure, including its purpose, possible outcomes, and likely risks, as well as medical alternatives. If Cervidil was used before you could give informed consent and you or your child was injured because of it, then you might have a medical malpractice claim to file against the medical provider or hospital group that assisted with the birth.
See If You Can File a Birth Injury Lawsuit Involving Cervidil Usage Today
Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm in Maryland if you think you have a birth injury lawsuit on your hands. Past plaintiffs around the country have filed successful birth injury Cervidil claims against hospitals who misused Cervidil.
Contact our firm if you want more information about Cervidil lawsuits and how to get one started.