You and your spouse may have looked forward to the birth of your baby. During your labor and delivery, problems developed that may have led to your baby’s brain injury.
Your pediatrician may have diagnosed a “hypoxic brain injury” in your baby. This means that they did not receive enough oxygen during birth.
Your doctor may not have spotted a problem with your baby’s delivery
Some labors may move quickly, with the baby being born soon after the mother went into labor. Your labor was different. Your blood pressure was abnormally low and your late stage of labor seemed to last longer than normal.
When just one of these events takes place, your baby may be at higher risk of hypoxia or lack of oxygen to the brain. Your obstetrician was slow to realize that there were any problems developing.
Some causes of hypoxic brain injury during labor and delivery
Some potential causes of brain hypoxia may include:
- Very low maternal blood pressure
- Abnormal birth position, such as breech (feet first delivery)
- Prolonged labor in the late stage
- Too much bleeding from the placenta
- Problems with the umbilical cord
- Abruption of the placenta (separates from the inner wall of the uterus too early)
- Rupture of the uterus
Was your baby’s birth injury due to the doctor’s neglect?
An experienced obstetrician may be able to spot developing problems, They should spot and diagnose them early, before they harm your baby.
Your baby’s birth injury may have been preventable. Now, you may be learning how to take care of an infant with a permanent injury or disability.