OB/GYNs have a duty to monitor the mother and baby before, during, and following delivery. Failing to properly monitor them at any stage can result in serious injuries or even death. During delivery, fetal monitoring devices are used to identify signs of distress. If the baby or mother is in distress, OB/GYNs must act quickly by performing a C-section or other emergency procedure.
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During delivery, the fetus must be monitored using one of two techniques: internal fetal monitoring and external fetal monitoring. External fetal monitoring involves placing a belt around the mother’s abdomen. Internal monitoring involves attaching electrodes to the infant’s scalp. The devices monitor the baby’s heart rate and mother’s contractions. Data is displayed for both physicians and medical staff to monitor.
Monitoring devices can indicate that the baby or mother is in distress. For example, the baby may not be getting enough oxygen. Oxygen deprivation can result in serious conditions such as cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage. During a distress incident, physicians and medical staff must take immediate action. If remedies such as adjusting the oxygen supply or prescribing medications are unsuccessful, an emergency C-section may be required.
Physicians and medical staff must monitor and treat the mother and child in the hours and days following the delivery. A failure to do so is negligent and can result in the mother and/or baby suffering severe injuries or even death. Some common postpartum complications can include infections, eclampsia, hemorrhaging, and injuries to the baby. For example, untreated jaundice can lead to a form of brain damage known as kernicterus.
Proper postpartum monitoring can include:
- Monitoring bleeding, vaginal tearing, and C-section wounds
- Monitoring the mother’s overall health including routinely checking her blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate.
- Ensuring that the uterus is functioning
- Monitoring the baby for common health issues such as jaundice or respiratory problems.
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Physicians, medical staff, and hospitals have a duty to monitor both the mother and baby during the pregnancy, during the delivery, and following the birth. The failure to do so can be considered medical negligence, entitling the mother and baby to compensation for their injuries.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to a South Carolina medical provider’s or hospital’s negligent actions, it is important to consult with an experienced Greenville, SC birth injury lawyer to discuss your rights and remedies. Bobby Jones Law has a proven track record of helping victims of obstetrical malpractice and their loved ones to recover the compensation that they deserve. We proudly serve clients throughout South Carolina from our office conveniently located in Greenville. Please contact us for a FREE consultation.