A full term pregnancy is defined as completion of at least 37 weeks of gestation. Some women go into labor early, before the 37th week. If this occurs, medical intervention and support will be needed to care for the mother and the baby. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of a pregnant woman and delivery of a premature baby must take proper care to prevent serious birth injuries.
If your child was born prematurely, and you have questions about whether they received adequate care, it may be time to talk to a Maryland birth injury attorney. At the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, we serve clients throughout the United States. We know the law and the medicine that applies in cases involving premature labor, and we can help you make informed choices about moving forward with a birth injury lawsuit, if applicable.
Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)
Periventricular leukomalacia is an injury to the white matter of the brain. The white matter of the brain carries information from the brain to the muscles of the body. PVL is an injury that occurs more often in premature babies as their brains are not completely developed and as such are more susceptible to being injured. PVL can lead to seizures, developmental delays, vision and hearing difficulties and cerebral palsy in the newborn. Causes & Consequences of Preterm Delivery
The precise cause of preterm delivery is largely unknown, but there are some factors that may increase the risk of premature labor:
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Pregnancies with twins, triplets, etc.
- Previous premature deliveries
- Cervical abnormalities
- Untreated urinary tract infections
- Genital infections
- Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, or other pregnancy complications
- Placenta previa or placental abruption
- Kidney disease
- Blood clotting disorders
- Less than 6-9 months have passed since past pregnancy/delivery
Premature labor can have serious consequences. It can cause or contribute to:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Developmental delays
- Hearing loss or vision loss
- Respiratory problems
Serving Families in Maryland & Across the U.S. from Our Annapolis Offices
There are steps that can be taken to prevent or stop preterm delivery, to help the baby develop in the womb, and to provide support after a premature baby is born. If your doctor made any type of mistake or acted negligently in any way in relation to preterm labor or delivery, Maryland birth injury lawyer Michael Bereston may be able to expose this and help you recover financial compensation for your child’s complete care.
Find out what your case is worth and how to proceed by calling (410) 220-6581 or contacting us online. From our Annapolis offices, we help families across Maryland and throughout the U.S.