Just like the rest of us, babies need oxygen to survive. Sadly, complications during labor may lead to deprivations of a baby’s oxygen supply. Even a short time without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage.
In some cases, asphyxia happens because of hospital negligence or doctor error. Practitioners are specially trained to reduce the risk of harm, but critical errors during delivery continue to cause fetal brain damage.
This article looks at some of the common causes of oxygen deprivation during birth and how expectant parents can minimize the risk of brain damage for their babies.
How Do Oxygen Deprivation and Asphyxia Happen
Some pregnancies are more complicated than others. A difficult pregnancy can unavoidably predispose a baby to the threat of asphyxia. Nevertheless, doctors and their nurses are responsible for identifying the signs and symptoms of fetal oxygen deprivation and responding immediately.
Frequent causes of oxygen deprivation during birth include:
- Shoulder dystocia – A dangerous condition in which a baby’s head is delivered while the shoulder(s) are stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone.
- Prolapsed umbilical cord — Because much of a baby’s oxygen is supplied through the umbilical cord, any constriction of the umbilical cord poses a threat of asphyxia.
- Contraction pressure — Strong contractions can apply excessive pressure to the baby’s body and/or umbilical cord, reducing the oxygen supply.
- Placental abruption / infarction — The placenta also plays an important role in supplying oxygenated blood to an infant, so any emergency involving the placenta poses concern for possible brain damage.
Choose an Experienced Doctor
Your baby’s life depends on your doctor’s ability to capably respond to an emergency during birth. More experienced doctors are likely to have encountered these problems before and will know how to react. Be sure to have a conversation with your doctor to assess his or her background and experience. a
Get Help from a Birth Injury Attorney
If your baby has suffered brain damage or any other birth injury relating to oxygen deprivation or asphyxia, you may be entitled to financial relief for the long road ahead.
At the Luvera Law Firm, we understand how precious a child’s life is, and we know how utterly devastating a serious birth injury can be. No parent deserves to bear the burden of medical malpractice alone, nor does any child. Justice demands that negligent nurses and doctors be held accountable for their failure to take reasonable measures to prevent serious or life-long brain damage.
To get answers to your questions and explore your options, please schedule a free consultation with an experienced birth injury attorney at Luvera Law Firm today. We’re here to help.