The phrase “birth trauma” occurs when a child experiences a physical injury during the birthing process. Unfortunately, if the delivery process is not properly navigated, a child and/or mother can end up facing complications that last the rest of their lives.
The effects of this trauma are not always immediately apparent. Instead, sometimes it takes days, weeks, or even longer for the side effects of the birth trauma to become evident.
Common Types of Birth Trauma
When birth trauma occurs, it is often the result of inexperienced or incompetent medical professionals. Some of the most common types of birth trauma families encounter include:
- Baby size – Babies that are larger than a mother’s pelvis often end up requiring special care during the delivery process. If medical professionals fail to gauge the baby’s size before delivery, serious injuries can occur.
- Difficult labor – Prolonged labor can be dangerous for both infant and mother. If a mother is stuck in any one phase of the birthing process for too long, there can be a substantial increase in the chance that a birth injury, infection, or even fatality will occur. If a medical professional waits too long to perform a procedure, a child can be severely and permanently injured.
- Excessive physical force – Baby’s skeletons are pliable, which means that they can be harmed by the use of too much force during the delivery process.
- Improper equipment usage – Sometimes, medical professionals decide to use forceps or a vacuum to deliver an improperly positioned child. If the equipment is not used properly, a child can be seriously injured.
- Premature delivery – Babies that are born before the 37th week of pregnancy are at an increased risk of facing serious consequences. The earlier that children are delivered, the riskier the delivery process. While children born before this period can survive, they are at an increased risk of facing digestive complications, learning difficulties, respiratory challenges, or vision problems.
Mothers Can Be Harmed Too
Not all birth traumas impact the child. Instead, some mothers experience frightening moments during the delivery process. This sometimes includes less than stellar treatment from medical professionals. Other times, a mother may be improperly forced into making a delivery decision such as undergoing a c-section by a medical professional.
As a result of these and many other factors, some mothers end up experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder after the delivery has occurred.
If Your Family Has Been Harmed by Birth Trauma, Call Me
Unfortunately, the birth experience is not always an event that is looked back upon favorably. If birth trauma has impacted you or your child, I can help you and I’ll Make Them Pay!®.