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Fatality rates are up among expectant mothers

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2018 | Medical Malpractice

Although expectant mothers may elect to have their children at home or at birthing facilities that offer more comfortable options, hospitals are still a popular choice among women who are preparing to bring new lives into the world. This is because problems can arise during the birthing process and hospitals are generally well-equipped with personnel and equipment to face these challenges head-on. However, in New Jersey and other states throughout the nation, more and more mothers are dying, despite their admittance into hospitals for giving birth.

This terrifying fact arises from the failure of all hospitals to put into place important monitoring practices that can help doctors, nurses and other staff members stay ahead of life-threatening problems for their patients. For example, post-birth bleeding can be a major issue for some women and when hospitals monitor how much blood mothers are losing they are able to treat them faster for potentially life-threatening conditions.

Additionally, some women experience high blood pressure during and after their labors and deliveries. High blood pressure can lead to strokes which can cause permanent bodily damage and even death. When hospitals ignore signs of high blood pressure in mothers and fail to provide them with the medications they need to control their conditions, tragic consequences can result.

Other developed nations are experiencing a decline in maternal deaths while in the United States maternal deaths are on the rise. This horrific and preventable form of medical malpractice should not be accepted by individuals who put their trust in medical centers and their staff. Labor and delivery losses and injuries may form the basis of personal injury civil lawsuits.