Pregnancy is an exciting, joyous time full of hope for the future. It is not without worry, however, as it is only natural for mom to be concerned about her baby’s wellbeing and development in the womb. One of the major complications during pregnancy is fetal distress.
Fetal distress is a state in which the fetus is not getting enough oxygen; this can occur during the final trimester or during labor and delivery. It can have a number of causes, such as anemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, problems with the umbilical cord and prolonged delivery. Unfortunately, when doctors and medical staff negligently fail to detect and treat this condition, it can have devastating, long-term effects. There are several fetal distress treatments, including giving IV fluids and oxygen to the mother, repositioning the mother, and performing an emergency cesarean section.
An integral part of prenatal care is monitoring the fetus, checking for things like fetal heart rate, movement, and possible contractions. Modern medicine has also given rise to advanced technology for monitoring the health and development of a fetus. Tools like ultrasounds and fetal monitoring systems can detect signs of fetal distress such as a fetal heart rate that is too low or too high.
Regular pre natal care and utilizing and interpreting available technology at the earliest opportunity can detect fetal distress in time to prevent serious injury to the fetus. Legal cases arise, however, when the healthcare practitioner fails to look for the signs or misinterprets the tests for fetal distress. This can have devastating consequences and become a pregnant mom’s worst nightmare.
Fetal distress is a serious condition that, if left untreated, could result in devastating birth injuries like brain damage from oxygen deprivation, cerebral palsy, and death. If your baby suffered fetal distress during pregnancy or delivery, you need a medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your case. To speak now with our experienced team at Scartelli Olszewski, call or message us today.