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What leads to birth injuries?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2019 | Birth injury

Childbirth is a joyous, stressful, exciting, and overwhelming life event. Unfortunately, sometimes it is overwhelming for the wrong reasons. Hospitals have dedicated teams of doctors trained in birthing children, but that doesn’t mean that issues never arise. Birth complications sometimes lead to birth injuries.

These complications run the gamut. Sometimes, it’s due to an unpreventable circumstance and other times it’s related to issues with the child or with the mother. You may be able to find out the probability of birth complications as early as the ultrasound, but unfortunately it may occur during birth itself. Though reading about birth injuries sounds stressful, knowing more about their causes can be helpful and reassuring, rather than facing an unpleasant surprise in the delivery room.

What are the causes of birth injury?

  • Large babies: Babies that weigh more than 8 pounds 13 ounces qualify as larger than average. Their size complicates vaginal birth, as they can get stuck. They might suffer something like shoulder dystocia, where a shoulder get stuck inside the mother’s pelvis.
  • Premature birth: You have a due date. In reality, it’s more like a due month. But some babies come much sooner, and their bodies are fragile. This makes the most standard of birth procedures more hazardous.
  • Pelvis size: This one centers more on the mom than it does the baby. The shape of a pelvis may make vaginal birth harder to manage.
  • How the baby comes out: Though this is a more common occurrence with larger babies, any baby might face complications with how they come into the world. For instance, if your child comes out rear end first (referred to as breech birth). This is something that can be determined during an ultrasound.

The birth of a child is commonly a cause for celebration. Birth injuries are a scary occurrence, and while they aren’t common, there is the chance that complications might arise during delivery. Health complications can vary in severity. If you’re worried about something going wrong, talk with a legal professional about and medical malpractice.