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The impact of your child’s birth injuries on your life

The birth of a new baby should not be a time of stress or concern. You should be able to enjoy the new life that has joined your family, celebrate your loved ones and begin to take the next step in your life as a parent. However, if there were problems during the birth of your child, you may find that this is not easy to do. If your baby experienced birth injuries during delivery, or you suffered injuries yourself, you could suffer from negative mental and emotional effects. 

Parents of babies who suffered from injuries during birth could deal with trauma themselves. This is also true for mothers who suffered injuries due to lack of proper care or interventions during delivery. It is important that you not underestimate the impact of these issues, and you may benefit from seeking guidance regarding what legal options may be available to you. 

Are you suffering from trauma? 

After a harrowing birth experience or watching your baby suffer from the effects of a birth injury, you may feel stressed, sad, overwhelmed and more. These are normal emotions to experience after a difficult delivery, but what you may be experiencing is more than just temporary feelings. You could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of this include: 

  • Avoidance of things that remind you of the traumatic experience 
  • Difficulty sleeping and feelings of restlessness 
  • Having intrusive thoughts and memories of the event 

Your trauma may be the result of a range of issues that arose before, during or after delivery. This may include your baby experiencing a preventable injury during delivery, your doctor delaying a necessary C-section, developing a post-delivery infection and more. Any of these things and others could cause you to experience feelings and emotions that can take a toll on you, your family and even your baby.  

After a birth injury or traumatic birth 

If you believe that your child is suffering because of a birth injury, or you are dealing with the effects of medical negligence during delivery, you may have legal options available to you through the Oregon civil justice system. Through a medical malpractice claim, you may be able to secure what you need for a full and fair recovery. PTSD is serious, and you deserve to have proper care and support as you seek to get better and care for your baby.