Childbirth is a natural event, but it can be dangerous for both mother and baby and complications can occur. One deadly complication is uterine rupture.
During childbirth, a woman’s uterus can experience a strain that can cause it to tear. This can happen despite the best efforts of the doctor or other medical professionals, but a ruptured uterus may be caused by negligence or medical malpractice on the part of obstetricians, surgeons, or other medical professionals.
If a doctor uses the incorrect instruments during labor or delivery, or discounts the warning signs of an impending rupture and one occurs, the physician may be found at fault.
A uterine rupture can be caused by forcing a prolonged period of pushing, pressing down too hard on a mother’s stomach, or making an improper cesarean incision.
Symptoms that may indicate a uterine rupture may occur include:
- Fetal distress
- Change in the infant’s heart rate
- Decrease in uterine baseline pressure
- Hemorrhaging, or bleeding out
- Sudden abdominal pain
- Infant’s presenting head recedes back into the mother’s body
- Uterus fails to contract
Uterine ruptures are a life threatening emergency. Potential consequences of uterine rupture include:
- Lack of oxygen to the baby (hypoxia or anoxia)
- Hemorrhage and heavy bleeding
- Postpartum anemia
- Shock caused by lack of body fluids (hypovolemic shock)
- Bladder injuries
Were you injured by a uterine rupture? Did a loved one die after uterine rupture during childbirth? If you think medical malpractice or neglect by a doctor or medical professional was to blame, I can help. Call me today at 1-800-556-4760 and we’ll discuss your case. I will fight “I’ll Make Them Pay!®.”