The definition of birth asphyxia is this: there’s an inadequate supply of oxygen being delivered to the fetus before, during, or right after birth. This can happen before birth, when there’s too little oxygen in the mother’s blood; during delivery, when the baby becomes entangled in the umbilical cord; or immediately after birth, when there’s significant blood loss or inadequate respiration. When this occurs, the baby’s brain is damaged because of lack of oxygen in the brain and if untreated, this brain damage may be irreversible. This may lead to cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, and other disorders.
Birth asphyxia can be a result of medical negligence.
How is birth asphyxia associated with medical malpractice? The doctor or nurses could have failed to recognize fetal distress on the fetal monitor, chose the inappropriate method of delivery under the circumstances, or failed to timely perform an emergency cesarean section. Or, the hospital residents and interns may not have understood the severity of the situation and may not have informed the attending physician in time.
If your health care provider was not responding to your emergency situation appropriately and deviated from standard patient care and safety guidelines, then it is possible that you or your child were harmed by medical malpractice.
Birth asphyxia is not always caused by medical negligence. But how do you know for sure? Call us at (202) 393-3320 to start your investigation to find the answers you are looking for.