During pregnancy, you rely on your doctor to provide you with adequate care and support. Part of this includes appropriate testing in order to determine if there are any potential problems that may affect the health of your baby. Antepartum testing includes a series of tests that allow the doctor to adjust your care and make specific plans for your delivery, as well as prepare for possible interventions that may be necessary.
Lack of antepartum testing can be detrimental. This can lead to an undiagnosed condition that may ultimately result in harm to you and your baby. It is critical to have the right tests and receive close monitoring throughout your pregnancy to avoid potential problems or receive a diagnosis as early as possible. The failure of a doctor to provide testing could be a form of medical malpractice.
What does antepartum testing include?
These types of tests require the use of ultrasounds or electronic fetal monitoring in order to accurately assess the condition of the fetus. Antepartum testing takes place at any stage during the pregnancy, from confirmation of pregnancy to delivery. Adequate testing and monitoring can provide an accurate assessment of potential risks for both the mother and the baby, including the following:
- Presence of high blood pressure, certain autoimmune conditions or diabetes in the mother
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension, membrane rupture, placenta previa and other problems with the current pregnancy
- Fetal complications, such as growth restrictions, birth defects and multiple gestations
Testing is necessary and important in any type of pregnancy. While high-risk pregnancies should receive careful monitoring, it is important for doctors to be vigilant in the care of low-risk individuals as well. With the right testing, Oregon doctors can begin to treat and monitor adverse conditions as early as possible.
Failure to test
If your child has medical issues or you experience problems during pregnancy that cause harm to you or your baby, it may be the result of lack of appropriate care. Preventable issues that arise due to lack of antepartum testing may be grounds to pursue a medical malpractice claim. The civil justice system provides you and your families the opportunity to seek justice and compensation on behalf of yourself and your child. Damages may be available for both your immediate losses and your long-term needs.