During childbirth, a woman’s body experiences a spectrum of physical changes that are naturally conducive to delivering a baby safely. In many cases the process may be excruciatingly painful, but the reward of a healthy, crying child makes it all worth it! As a father to 3 beautiful kids, I have been by my wife’s side during childbirth and while I am not privy to the physical pain, I am well versed in the uncertainty, fear, excitement and joy. The question is, what happens when something goes wrong as in the case of a uterine rupture?
Uterine Rupture During Childbirth
While it can happen naturally, uterine ruptures are most likely caused by physician negligence. Warning signs go unnoticed or even worse, ignored. In some cases wrong instruments are used or adequate procedures are not followed. If it is found that your uterine rupture could have been prevented, you may be a victim of medical malpractice and entitled to compensation.
Potential Symptoms of a Uterine Rupture
Understanding how to identify a uterine rupture is your doctor’s job – Understanding how to prove a uterine rupture could have been prevented is my job!
Signs that a uterine rupture is happening during your child’s birth include –
- Change in fetal heart rate
- Distress of baby
- Drop in uterine baseline pressure
- Abdominal pain (New, sudden or worsening)
- Failure for uterus to contract
- Hemorrhaging (excessive) bleeding
While many of these signs and symptoms can be part of the natural process, it is your medical expert’s job to identify and prevent unnecessary injuries from happening. If you have suffered a uterine rupture during childbirth, the consequences range from scary to fatal.
- Oxygen deprivation for your baby
- Bladder injuries
The potential impact of a uterine rupture during your child’s delivery can lead to result in a birth injury, prolonged adverse medical issues for the mother and more. If you or a loved one suffered a uterine rupture during delivery, it is possible that it is a result of medical negligence.