Common pregnancy and birth issues
We now have highly advanced scans and imaging techniques. However, sometimes healthcare professionals can miss serious problems, and in very rare cases, medical professionals misdiagnose issues with a healthy baby. If an error is made at any stage of pregnancy, it can significantly impact the child's life.
Errors during the birth
Statistically, having a baby in the UK is safe. Most births are straightforward, and a healthy baby is delivered. However, in rare cases, a baby may be damaged by medical instruments, anaesthetics or decisions made by the medical team. For the mother, severe gynaecological damage can occur if the medical team do not treat her quickly and effectively. For the baby, there can be severe potential problems; these include cerebral palsy, brain injury, facial paralysis, brachial palsy, spinal injuries, and fractured bones.
Errors made by medical professionals in the delivery of your baby or management of your pregnancy can sometimes cause brain injuries to your baby, such as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy can be caused during delivery if the baby is starved of oxygen.
It is estimated that 1 in 400 people are affected by cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a term used to explain a number of neurological conditions caused by the brain and nervous system that affect coordination and movement. The condition occurs when the brain is damaged or develops abnormally.
There can be many causes, including:
- Bleeding in the baby's brain
- An infection caught by the mother in pregnancy
- A premature or difficult birth
Sadly there is no cure for cerebral palsy, but there are treatments that can help you manage the impact of the symptoms. Our medical negligence team has experience securing compensation for families providing financial compensation, and care for your child's lifetime needs.
Stillbirth or neonatal death
The death of a child is no doubt the worse thing any parent can go through. Sadly, some babies are stillborn, and some die within hours, days or weeks of being born. In cases where a medical mistake has caused the death, there is an added sense of grief and anger because the loss could have been avoided. We have considerable experience in seeking compensation for stillbirth and neonatal death.
If you have lost your baby due to stillbirth or neonatal death, you may be at a higher risk of birth trauma PTSD, so you must seek the support you need.
Group B Strep
The statistics regarding Group B Strep are quite alarming. It affects nearly one in two thousand births in the UK, sadly resulting in death in approximately 10% of cases.
Group B Streptococcus is a bacterium that is usually harmless and natural; it is carried by many. It usually lives inside the digestive system and in the vagina. Because of this, there is a small risk that the bacteria can be passed to babies during pregnancy and birth.
It is, therefore, important that mothers carrying GBS are identified so that they can be given the correct treatment so they do not pass the infection on to their baby.
With the proper treatment and intervention, the consequences of Group B Strep may be avoided. However, we see clients who were not given the appropriate treatment to prevent or treat the infection.
Premature Preterm Rupture of Membranes (PPROM)
"PPROM complicates only 2% of pregnancies but is associated with 40% of preterm deliveries and can result in significant neonatal morbidity and mortality. 1–3. The three causes of neonatal death associated with PPROM are prematurity, sepsis and pulmonary hypoplasia". The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Premature Preterm Rupture of Membranes or the "breaking of a woman's waters" before 37 weeks can, in some cases, be caused by the negligence of a midwife or medical professional.
Stuck shoulders (shoulder dystocia) is an injury that can be caused during labour, and steps should be taken to identify and avoid the injury during delivery. If a midwife or medical professional fails to identify the issue correctly, there may be a negligence case.
The injury occurs if the head of the baby is delivered but the shoulders are too large and impact the mother's pelvis. In these instances, an injury can happen to the neck resulting in damage to the brachial plexus nerves. The symptoms for the baby can mean a paralysed arm, limp or lack of muscle control.
If you or your child have suffered a birth related injury, please contact us for an initial conversation.