An over-eager doctor can be a real danger in the delivery room

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2019 | Birth Injuries

Pregnancy, labor and delivery are natural processes through which a human grows a new life form and then pushes it out of their body. Women have been birthing children for as long as the species has existed. Despite issues with maternal and infant mortality, most women and children survived the birth process.

Unfortunately, some doctors in western medicine tend to take an aggressive approach toward labor and delivery. Doctors try to handle it like it is a disease or a medical condition that requires treatment and intervention, rather than as a natural process that should occur mostly on its own. The consequence of that attitude is that doctors may take unnecessary steps that cause more danger for the patient.

Unnecessary interventions often lead to more interventions

When a doctor gives you medicine or otherwise attempts to change the way that the labor and delivery process develops, they have performed an intervention. The problem with interventions in labor and delivery is that one intervention tends to necessitate the next.

A doctor may give a woman a drug to speed up her contractions. Then, he needs to give her pain management medication. Unfortunately, then she can’t stand up on her own anymore. It becomes a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle that can leave the mother and the child in danger.

This is particularly true when doctors adhere to antiquated practices or attempt to do dangerous things, like using medications that are not approved to help during the labor process. Using forceps in a delivery is an example of a dangerous, antiquated practice that could result in severe injury to the mother and the baby.

Forceps deliveries can cause severe birth injuries

Forceps for childbirth have been used since well before doctors had an accurate understanding of human anatomy. They are essentially tools that allow a doctor to grip the child’s skeletal structure and pull it through the birth canal. It doesn’t take a medical professional to see how such actions could endanger the child instead of helping them.

Depending on where the forceps touch the child, they could cause injuries ranging from spinal cord damage to broken bones. There have even been cases of injured or lost eyeballs in infants because of forceps used in birth. Mothers can also end up cut, infected or otherwise injured by forceps.

Hopefully, you go through pregnancy and delivery without any complications. If you do have issues, your doctor should know how to handle them with modern medical technology. If you find yourself wondering about the procedures your doctor ordered or the interventions they attempted during your labor and delivery, you may not get a straight answer from the doctor or the hospital.

Few people want to admit it when they have some kind of legal culpability for a lifetime injury to an infant. Sitting down with an experienced medical malpractice attorney may be a better idea to get a more unbiased opinion on your options and rights.


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