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Pregnancy-Related Injuries Archives

Medical professional negligence during pregnancy

Birth injuries can shatter the lives of mothers, their newborns and family members, but it is important to keep in mind that things can also go wrong during a pregnancy. In some instances, these hardships are the result of a medical professional's negligence, and there are various reasons why pregnant mothers may find themselves in this position. From issues involving medication to a doctor's failure to monitor the pregnancy properly, these issues can have a detrimental impact on the lives of families. Sadly, many have endured hardships that could have been avoided altogether had the mother received proper care.

The long-term consequences of pregnancy-related injuries

When it comes to pregnancy-related injuries and various other ways in which patients may suffer as a result of medical professional negligence, the immediate consequences can be devastating. These challenges sometimes result in the loss of life and unbearable levels of physical pain, not to mention the emotional toll of these incidents can make daily life almost unbearable. However, it is also important to consider some of the long-term repercussions of pregnancy-related injuries, especially if legal action is on the table in an attempt to hold a negligent medical professional accountable.

What you should know before suing your OB/GYN

Here at Law Office of Robert a Miller in Oregon, we represent numerous women who sue their OB/GYN after suffering pregnancy-related injuries. Medscape recently did a survey of over 4,000 such physicians throughout the U.S. regarding their lawsuit experiences, and the results may surprise you.

How harmful is umbilical cord compression?

During your pregnancy, the umbilical cord is a literal lifeline between you and your unborn baby, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the baby. When the cord is compromised for longer than a few moments, your baby’s health and safety may be at risk. However, mild umbilical cord compression can be a normal part of most pregnancies. You and other Oregon mothers-to-be may want to educate yourselves on when cord compression is not a cause for concern, and when it can become a complication.

Maternal deaths a problem in the U.S.

Pregnant women in Oregon and their family members should be able to focus on the joy and excitement of the new life that is on its way into the world. However, the reality remains that pregnancy and childbirth are medical conditions and events and during these things, problems can arise. Unfortunately, it seems that the number of these problems happening across the United States that put mothers at risk of dying is growing.

How are pregnant mothers prepared for a C-section?

Doctors may have a number of grounds to advise expectant Oregon mothers to have a cesarean section to deliver their baby. According to Healthline, mothers could need a C-section because of complications with the pregnancy, or if the baby is not positioned properly to exit the birth canal, among many other reasons. If you have been told a cesarean section is in the best interests of your baby, your doctor should undertake a number of preparations before your undergo the procedure.

Who is to blame for the high maternal death rate?

If you are a pregnant Oregon female, it undoubtedly will shock you to learn that the United States has one of the highest maternal death rates in the developed world. Now a new investigation and report by USA Today reveals that most states, including Oregon, do not even scrutinize maternal deaths, or if they do, fail to include data relating to the medical care pregnant women receive.

Why is prenatal care so important?

As an Oregon expectant mom, your health and that of your growing baby should be your primary concern. To ensure that both of you stay as healthy as possible, you need to see your OB/GYN as early as possible in your pregnancy and continue to visit him or her frequently while you are pregnant. The Office of Women’s Health points out that if you fail to get this vital prenatal care, your baby is three times more likely to have a low birth weight. More alarming still, (s)he has a five times higher risk of dying.

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