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What is Placental Birth Injuries?
Placental birth injuries are situations in which something goes wrong with the placenta (afterbirth) and causes harm to the fetus or infant. There are three main types of placental birth injuries.
- Placenta previa. One out of 100 pregnancies involves placenta previa, in which the placenta sits extremely low in the uterus and covers some or all of the uterus. Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding when you go into labor, putting both the mother and infant at risk.
- Placenta abruption. This condition happens when the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before you give birth. Placental abruption can cause growth problems, premature birth, lifelong disabilities, and stillbirth.
- The placenta attaches too deeply to the wall of the uterus. This condition can take one of these three forms: placenta accreta, placenta increta, and placenta percreta. In these situations, the placenta (afterbirth) does not separate completely from the uterus during the birth process. The result can be life-threatening bleeding. The mother might need an emergency c-section with a hysterectomy immediately afterward.
All placental problems increase the risk to the mother and infant. Some of the most common risks are:
- Premature birth, with all the complications that can happen when a baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy
- The fetus does not grow correctly during pregnancy
- The infant has birth defects
- Dangerous bleeding that can harm or take the life of the mother or baby
If you or a loved one experienced a placental birth injury, the consequences could be devastating. A birth injury lawyer can help. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-844-908-0346 or fill out the form on this page to get connected to a birth injury lawyer near you.