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Fetal Distress

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be a scary one. Every parent hopes for a healthy pregnancy and baby, but it’s not always easy or possible to tell what’s going on inside of your body, or with your growing baby. During pregnancy, labor, and delivery, your medical team should be paying close attention for signs of fetal distress so they can respond effectively and efficiently. Fetal distress is exactly what it sounds like: different symptoms indicating your baby is experiencing some kind of distress. Underlying causes of fetal distress are often treatable when they are addressed promptly, but if a doctor fails to notice or react to signs of fetal distress, your baby could suffer permanent injury. Failing to respond adequately to fetal distress is a type of medical malpractice; if your family has been a victim of a doctor’s negligence in this way, continue reading to learn more or call our offices at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation with one of our dedicated Chicago injury lawyers.

Signs of Fetal Distress

There are several signs that should alert your medical team of fetal distress, prompting them to act quickly to resolve any issues. Ignoring or failing to recognize signs of fetal distress could change your family’s life forever. Common signs include:

  • Prolonged labor
  • Umbilical cord problems
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Low fetal oxygen levels
  • Too high or low fetal heart rate
  • A smaller than average baby, indicating a placenta that isn’t working well
  • Fetal infections
  • Little to no movement from your baby near the end of pregnancy

Fetal distress is especially likely to occur during certain high-risk pregnancies. Your doctor should be aware of potential distress if:

  • You have pre-eclampsia
  • You don’t have the proper amount of amniotic fluid
  • You have a chronic illness
  • You are carrying multiples
  • You’re 35 or older

At the first sign of fetal distress, your doctor should be prepared to act in order to prevent long term injury to your baby. This often means recognizing trouble and promptly performing an emergency Cesarean section. Other times, fetal distress can be managed and potential injury avoided by:

  • Changing the mother’s birthing position
  • Alleviating umbilical cord compression
  • Stabilizing the mother’s vitals
  • Delaying preterm labor

What Can Happen?

If your baby is experiencing fetal distress and your doctor fails to notice or respond appropriately, the consequences could be devastating. Common birth injuries include:

  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy – a type of brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stillbirth
  • Bone fractures
  • Organ failure

How We Can Help

Birth injuries are a common form of medical malpractice. If you or your family suspects injury was sustained during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, please contact our experienced Chicago injury lawyers. We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family, and we’re ready to treat you and your case with the care and diligence it deserves. Due to the short statutes of limitations for medical malpractice claims, now is the time to act. Please call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation today.