The birth of a child should be a time of rejoicing for an Oregon family, but it does not always happen this way. There are times when a birth is a traumatic event for the mother or the child, and, in turn, this trauma affects the entire family. Birth trauma sometimes occurs due to the actions or negligence of the medical staff, leading to increased suffering for the mother and the baby. After a traumatic delivery or a birth injury, the entire family can experience the effects of this for years to come.
If you are suffering from the aftermath of a traumatic delivery or your child is suffering from a birth injury, you do not have to navigate this difficult time alone. It is possible that your suffering is the direct result of the negligent or reckless actions of a medical provider or staff. Any type of malpractice that results in mental anguish, physical suffering or long-term harm for a patient could be grounds for a civil claim.
The lasting effects of birth trauma
Experiencing any type of trauma can have deep and lasting mental effects, but it can also take a physical toll. During birth, the mother or other family members can experience trauma due to an emergency development, pain, unexpected crisis, unplanned C-section and more. Parents can also experience trauma when the baby suffers an injury or experiences distress in any way. Birth trauma for any reason can affect the mother, father and other family members in different ways, including the following:
- Development of post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders or anxiety disorders
- Difficulty connecting with the baby
- Trouble adjusting to life after the delivery and upon returning home
Birth trauma is not something to overlook or dismiss. If you are suffering after the birth of your child, you will benefit from physical support and adequate medical care, as well as therapy, mental health care and other types of support.
Moving forward after experiencing birth trauma
If you experienced birth trauma or your child suffered harm during the birth process, you do not have to face it alone. It is possible you are suffering due to the actions of a doctor, nurse or another care provider. You may benefit from seeking guidance regarding your legal options, including the possibility of seeking compensation through a medical malpractice claim.