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What Is Birth Trauma?

During the birth process, a number of forces are being exerted on the child who is being born and on the mother who is giving birth. Birth trauma can be caused by any number of circumstances that can occur during labor as well as during the delivery of a child.

This trauma can have serious and long-lasting, if not permanent, health consequences for the child. This can include hypoxic injury, where the brain is deprived of oxygen for a period of time.

Birth trauma that can result in brain injury may occur because of a prolonged labor where the baby’s brain and head are forced repeatedly against the mother’s pelvis. In some cases, Pitocin, which is a synthetic form of oxytocin, is used to facilitate the birth. In some cases, a Cesarean section may be used to deliver the baby.

Some physicians use forceps and vacuum extractors to facilitate the birth. However, if they aren’t properly used, they can cause cerebral contusions and bleeds, brain compressions, brain tissue and blood vessel tears and even skull fractures. In some cases, they can cause a stroke in the baby due to blood clots.

Even in the 21st century, with the best medical care possible available to mothers giving birth, things can go wrong. Mothers and fathers put themselves and their babies in the care of medical professionals whom they believe know what they are doing.

However, if your child has suffered brain damage or some type of physical damage that you believe may have been caused by negligence or an error that occurred during childbirth, you have every right to seek guidance from a Florida medical malpractice lawyer with experience in birth injury cases to determine what your options are.

Source: BirthInjury.org, “Labor & Delivery Causes,” accessed Dec. 08, 2015

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