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Birth Injuries Affect Mothers, Too

While most types of birth injuries directly affect the child, an expectant mother is also putting her health at risk during delivery. Rarely, birth-related medical malpractice can result in severe medical consequences for the mother prior to or during the birthing process.

Some of the most common birth injuries affecting mothers include the following:

  • Preeclampsia -- Preeclampsia is a condition that results from high blood pressure during pregnancy and within the first six weeks after delivery. This increase in blood pressure is accompanied by an increase in proteins in the urine. If preeclampsia is not properly detected, it can progress to eclampsia, which can cause seizures, cerebral hemorrhage, ruptured liver, detachment of the placenta from the uterine wall and even death.
  • Excessive blood loss -- Postpartum hemorrhage, or excessive blood loss after birth, may occur either before or after the placenta is delivered. After delivery, the uterus continues to contract to help compress bleeding vessels. If the contractions are not strong enough or small pieces of the placenta are still attached, hemorrhaging can occur. Excessive postpartum blood loss may also result from uterine rupture, causing a severe drop in blood pressure that can lead to shock or death if not immediately treated.
  • Poorly performed episiotomy -- Though they have become increasingly controversial, episiotomies are sometimes performed with the intention of preventing jagged tears in the perineum during labor. However, with this type of laceration can come infection, incontinence and other lasting complications.
  • Complications associated with Caesarean sections -- C-sections are invasive surgical procedures, and can result in a number of complications, including excessive bleeding, infection, blood clots, bowel problems and injury to the bladder.

If you have recently given birth and are suffering from an injury stemming from medical error or negligence, contact a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices to review your legal options.

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