The loss of a mother during pregnancy or childbirth is one of life’s most heartbreaking tragedies. Welcoming a new child into this world is a joyous and sacred occasion, one that every mother ought to be able to enjoy in comfort and good health.
Thankfully, we’ve seen a drastic decline in the rate of maternal death during childbirth in recent years. A hundred years ago, approximately 600 out of every 100,000 pregnant women died as a result of labor. Indeed, pregnancy was widely regarded as risky and fearful.
Today, thanks to modern advancements in medical science, maternal death during childbirth has declined to about 15 out of every 100,000 pregnant women.
That’s still far too many, of course. Sadly, today, many of these deaths occur because of medical malpractice. Below, we’ll look at how birth injury results in the death of mother.
How Pregnancy, Labor, or Delivery Can Lead to Death of a Mother
Doctors and nurses have a responsibility to monitor a pregnant woman for any signs of potential birth injury or complications throughout her pregnancy and during childbirth.
Death of the mother is almost always preventable if the health practitioners act quickly and appropriately to prevent harm.
The most common causes of maternal death during childbirth are:
- Bleeding before birth (antepartum hemorrhage), often caused by uterine rupture, placental abruption, placenta previa, and rarely cancer
- Bleeding after birth (postpartum hemorrhage), often caused by Caesarian section
- Preeclampsia or Eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure in the mother during pregnancy)
- Cardiac arrest due to the impact of pregnancy or childbirth on the mother’s cardiac system
- Pulmonary embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Vaginal infection or other bacterial infection after delivery
A Birth Injury Attorney Can Help
The death of a mother during childbirth involves two areas of personal injury law: medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Cases involving maternal death are difficult not only because of the tragic emotional toll they carry but also because of the very high burden of proof imposed on victims and their families.
An experienced an attorney can help plaintiffs put together a compelling case with the help of expert witnesses’ testimony and analysis. At Luvera Law, we understand how to handle these cases with the diligence, care, and compassion they deserve. We work tirelessly in the fight for justice. No family deserves an enduring struggle after sustaining a horrible loss.
To talk with someone — or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced birth injury attorney at Luvera Law Firm — please contact our office as soon as possible.