Two Lives Are at Risk When Your OBGYN Makes a Medical Mistake
With well over 300,000 babies born every day in the United States, prenatal care and obstetrics most definitely serves a vital role in the health care industry. As individuals are educated more and more on the importance of preventative health care, it’s crucial to understand that a baby’s preventative health care starts months before birth!
The nine months of pregnancy preceding childbirth lay the groundwork for a newborn baby’s health for the remainder of its life. It’s during this time that a doctor’s direct involvement in the mother’s health is crucial. When proper prenatal care happens, women have a much greater likelihood of having a delivery free of complications. But, sadly, in too many cases, serious pregnancy complications can happen due to a doctor’s negligence. Improper diagnosis, insufficient fetal and maternal monitoring, medication mistakes, and many other issues can cause serious complications during and after pregnancy.
Here are three serious pregnancy complications that doctors should be on the look out for:
- Group B Strep – This is the leading cause of infection for newborns. It is passed from mother to child during childbirth. It can be identified prior to birth through a simple culture that is taken during the last month of pregnancy. If found to be positive, the infection can be treated through an antibiotic. If left untreated—or unidentified—babies can experience breathing problems, high blood pressure, heart rate instability, blood infections, meningitis, or even death.
- Premature Labor – Although advances in science and technology within the medical field have provided premature babies a greater chance of survival, it’s important to note that early labor can come with serious consequences. Babies could experience low birth weight, underdeveloped organs, blindness, respiratory problems, cerebral palsy, or even learning disabilities.
- Gestational Diabetes – This occurs when a mother’s blood sugar levels during pregnancy are too high. Although it is typically managed by a strict diet and exercise during pregnancy, if left unidentified or improperly monitored by a medical professional, babies can be born with severe medical problems. These can include birth defects affecting the brain and heart, blood sugar problems for the baby, and a large birth weight. The last one is important, because babies born with a large birth weight (over 8 lbs. 8 oz.) run the risk of experiencing physical trauma during delivery. Each of those comes with its own set of additional complications as well.
When medical mistakes happen, victims are left to pick up the pieces and try to regain a “normal” life after the event. In cases of obstetrics, there is usually more than one victim affected. Both mother and baby are left with the physical, emotional, psychological, or even developmental scars, and must heal from a doctor’s mistakes. If this has happened to you, remember that you don’t have to go through this experience alone. At Lewis & Tompkins, we’re here to help. Please contact us today at 202-296-0666 to talk to a compassionate, skilled attorney about your medical malpractice case.