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The dangers of failing to recognize fetal distress

It's the responsibility of medical professionals to carefully monitor a baby's vital signs before and during childbirth. They accomplish this goal through the use of medical devices including a heart monitor. When analyzing the information, they receive from these devices; doctors can determine if fetal distress occurred during labor and delivery. It's at that point that they can make further assessments for the baby's care. Failure to do so is dangerous for the baby's health and future development.

Failure to recognize fetal distress

When doctors fail to recognize fetal distress, it isn't just the baby's health that's put at risk. The mother is put in danger as well. Medical professionals must accurately interpret information from the devices they're using, and respond accordingly. Failure to do so could result in such injuries as cerebral palsy, brainjuries or death.

What are the symptoms of fetal distress?

There are many signs and symptoms of fetal distress, which can result in a variety of serious health problems. Some symptoms may include: 

  • If the baby's heart rate fluctuates significantly, either elevating or decreasing, in the womb or birth canal.
  • When the baby is in the birth canal and their movement significantly decreases.
  • If there are high levels of lactate in the baby's blood.
  • When there's meconium is found in the amniotic fluid.

How does fetal distress affect the infant?

When symptoms are left untreated, serious health conditions may result for the infant that may be life altering. Some examples may include: 

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb's palsy
  • Infections, irritation, or blockages to the baby's airways or lungs
  • Neonatal injuries
  • Other birth injuries

Contact an experienced attorney

If your baby experienced an injury as a result of a medical professional failing to recognize fetal distress, this is a form of negligence. What this means is there was a certain level of care that was not provided by the medical professional to the mother while she was giving birth. When this occurred, it must be proven that damages and injuries took place. Under these circumstances, you'll need an experienced attorney to help you develop a strategy for your case. Contact Rosen Louik & Perry, P.C for a free consultation today.

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