A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that fetal distress is the second most common complication among all deliveries. The earliest indication of fetal distress is usually an abnormal fetal heart rate. At the first sign of this indication, your OBGYN or other health care professionals should take immediate steps so that fetal distress can be mitigated. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some of the ways fetal distress can be mitigated as you continue to labor include:
- Administering supplemental amounts of oxygen
- Increasing amounts of intravenous fluid
- Repositioning onto your left or right side
Your medical team may also issue you drugs or stop them immediately.
If none of these measures help mitigate your case of fetal distress, your medical team might opt to employ an alternate delivery method to ensure your baby is delivered as quickly as possible. Alternate methods of delivery can include delivering your baby by vacuum extraction, forceps, or C-section.
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Alternate Delivery Methods
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When your baby is delivered by vacuum extraction, the device is attached to your baby’s head to direct him through your birth canal.
A vacuum extraction might be employed if monitoring of your baby suggests changes in his heartbeat or if your health care provider is concerned about a problem. Potential risks of a vacuum extraction for your baby include scalp wounds, shoulder dystocia, and skull fractures.
When your baby is delivered using forceps, the device is applied to your baby’s head to help him navigate through your birth canal. A forceps delivery might be used if labor fails to progress with pushing or if changes in your unborn child’s heart rate indicate a problem. Delivery using forceps might cause your child to sustain facial injuries, facial paralysis, eye trauma, or skull fractures.
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Emergency C-Section Delivery
Your doctor may deem a C-section safer for you and your baby than a vaginal delivery. Your health care providers might recommend a C-section if your labor stalls or there is a concern that your baby’s heartbeat indicates fetal distress.
A Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help You Prove Your Case
The injuries your baby may suffer due to fetal distress can be severe, and in some cases, life-threatening. If your baby suffered injuries due to your medical team’s failure to mitigate fetal distress, you may be entitled to compensation.
Your child deserves the best available medical care, and you deserve to be able to provide it. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation. Our team can help you determine whether you might be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit. Be sure to act quickly. Each state has its own statute of limitations that determines how long you have to take legal action. If you fail to act within this time limit, you may forfeit your right to recover compensation.