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Women can suffer serious injuries giving birth

Although the birth of a baby is often an exciting time for new parents in Pittsburgh, there can be serious medical issues that can arise. When there is a failure to diagnose a serious childbirth injury, a woman can suffer from a worsened condition.

Childbirth is generally a safe event, but surprisingly up to 15 percent of women suffer some kind of pelvic injury. The act of childbirth is quite traumatic for the body, and pelvic injuries can take months to recover from. One such pelvic injury is when there is a pelvic muscle tear where the muscle partially or even fully detaches from the pubic bone. There can even be fractures. Many doctors don't realize when a woman has suffered a more serious injury, and instead may direct the woman to perform kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

Doctors need to be aware that if a woman's injuries seem to be taking a long time to heal, there may be something more going on that needs to be checked out. An MRI can give a good picture of the childbirth injuries. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help a woman figure out if her doctor was negligent with his care. They can review medical records and determine if negligence is present. Compensation may be sought for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Although childbirth is an amazing event for families, there can be serious injuries involved. It is important for medical providers to be aware of the serious injuries that women can suffer and make sure they are being proactive with treatment.

Source: medicalnewstoday.com, "Should childbirth injuries be taken more seriously?", Yvette Brazier, Dec. 6, 2015

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