What is Delayed Delivery and How Can it Harm a Child?

Doctors across the globe deliver hundreds of thousands of babies each day. But even though this is a very common, routine medical procedure, each and every delivery requires the utmost attention to detail. Every second counts when a mother goes into labor, and if circumstances delay the delivery process, the consequences can be devastating.

The Baltimore birth injury attorneys here at Gershon, Willoughby & Getz, LLC have seen those consequences firsthand. We’ve seen cases of delayed deliveries in which the child was deprived of oxygen, then developed cerebral palsy or other serious health problems as a result. Parents are left wondering if the situation could have been prevented — and what to do next.

There are many reasons why a delayed delivery, also known as “failure to progress,” can occur. Here are just a few:

  • Family history
  • Post-term pregnancy (more than 42 weeks)
  • Maternal health problems, such as diabetes, obesity, or uterine fibroids
  • Child in breech position
  • Medical errors such as miscalculation of the due date, failure to diagnose risk factors in the mother, wrong estimation of the baby’s size, etc.

The quick and correct action of medical staff during labor is crucial in limiting potential damage to the child. Too much time in the birth canal can cause oxygen deprivation, so when the duration of labor extends past what is normal and reasonable, the child’s health depends on the doctor’s decision. 

Mistakes such as improper monitoring of the fetus, improper administration of labor-inducing drugs, improper use of forceps, or an undue delay in performing an emergency caesarean section, are some possible examples of medical malpractice in delayed delivery cases.

Potential consequences for the child include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Seizure disorders
  • Paralysis
  • Developmental delays

If your family has been adversely affected by a delayed delivery, and you think your child’s birth injury was the result of a doctor’s negligence, you don’t have to face this overwhelming situation alone. The medical malpractice lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby & Getz, LLC specialize in these types of cases and have years of experience getting justice for parents like you.

Please give our firm a call today to book a consultation, and an experienced birth injury attorney will meet with you to discuss the particulars of your case.

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