Rise in Birth-Related Injuries Requires Action
Many people assume that the dangers commonly associated with giving birth are a thing of the past. A recent study indicates, however, that giving birth still carries risks and that complications may be on the rise.
According to statistics compiled by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergencies during delivery – including cardiac arrest, respiratory distress and kidney failure – increased 75 percent during the decade ending 2009. During the same period, complications for new mothers in the days immediately after birth more than doubled.
Each year, there are roughly four million births in the United States. Minor complications occur during many of these births, but severe complications occur in approximately 52,000 births annually.
Researchers suggest that the rise in severe complications during birth stems from an increase in the number of pregnant women who are older, obese, or who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease. Healthy women, too, can suffer severe complications during birth.
The most common serious complication for women after childbirth is hemorrhage, or severe bleeding. According to the CDC, there has been a 60 percent increase in the rate of Cesarean section deliveries in the United States since 1996. This type of delivery is associated with a condition called placenta accreta – a condition where the placenta grows into the uterine wall through a surgical scar – which can cause hemorrhages after delivery.
Experts Suggest New Focus on Maternal Health
In previous years, health experts have focused their efforts on preventing injuries to newborns. In light of the recent CDC study, many researchers are suggesting an equal emphasis on the health of new mothers.
Many hospitals have begun staging drills to allow staff an opportunity to train for emergencies during birth. In addition, many advocates are suggesting that women speak to their doctors about possible complications and options in the event they arise. The goal is for everyone – including expecting mothers, obstetricians, surgeons, and nurses – to approach the incidence of these sorts of events calmly and efficiently, which in turn can help save lives.
Contact a Birth Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury during childbirth due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, contact an experienced birth injury attorney. A knowledgeable birth injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the fair and adequate compensation for your injuries you deserve. For more information, contact a birth injury attorney today.