Childbirth is usually a joyous time for a family. I have great respect for medical professionals who work hard to keep both mother and baby safe, but sometimes mismanagement of medical emergencies can cause long term damage. It tears my heart out when I learn of a birth experience that was marred by complications.
A common complication of childbirth is shoulder dystocia, where the infant’s head is delivered but the shoulder is caught below the mother’s pubic bone. There are known risk factors for this such as a gestational diabetes, a smaller than usual pelvic bone, a previous large baby.
Shoulder dystocia is an obstetric emergency.
Dystocia can cause devastating injuries such as
- cerebral palsy
- brachial plexus palsy
- Lack of oxygen to the baby
- Excessive bleeding in the mother
A major concern with shoulder dystocia is damage to the brachial plexus nerves. These are the nerves that supply the sensory and motor components of the shoulder, arms, and hands. Injury to this set of nerves is a factor in Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and Klumpke paralysis.
Do you think your child’s birth injury is a result of shoulder dystocia caused by medical malpractice or neglect? Call me today at 877.944.4373 and we’ll discuss your case. I will fight for your child and “I’ll Make Them Pay!®” so your child can receive the necessary care and treatment to live a better life.