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Did medical negligence cause your baby’s asphyxia?

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2023 | Birth Injury

Birth asphyxia, the failure of a baby to receive oxygen when born, is a serious case that can lead to a lifetime of consequences or even death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asphyxia accounts for about 900,000 deaths yearly and is one of the leading causes of early neonatal mortality.

Different factors can contribute to this condition, and one of them is medical negligence. Here is how this can happen.

Placenta abruption

The primary cause of placental abruption, the placenta detaching from the womb before delivery, is unknown. However, practitioners should monitor a mother closely to diagnose and solve it quickly. Failure to do this may constitute medical negligence. The baby won’t get enough oxygen or may be deprived of it completely. This can lead to brain injury or stillbirth.

Uterine rupture

The uterus can tear or break open when there is a prolonged induction or augmentation of labor. Other causes may be uterine wall weakness, perhaps from a genetic disorder and trauma. Although uncommon, it can happen and can lead to asphyxia since it will disrupt the flow of blood to the baby, which means their brain and other vital organs won’ receive oxygen. 

When a mother is monitored, uterine rupture can be quickly noticed and solved. Failure to do so, the baby and mother may suffer birth injuries.

Low blood pressure

Low blood pressure can occur during birth – it’s usually not dangerous. However, when it’s extreme, to the point where it reduces the rate at which the fetus receives blood, action should be taken, such as performing a C-section. Not doing this, or at least sooner, can lead to brain damage or stillbirth.

If your child was injured due to asphyxia, it will help to learn more about your case to protect their rights and yours.