Failure To Respond To Fetal Distress

Medical professionals attending a birth have a variety of equipment at their disposal to monitor the baby during the birth process. They can use monitors to continuously listen to the heartbeat, for instance, or take fetal scalp samples to check oxygen levels.

Very serious birth injuries or even fetal death can result when doctors and nurses fail to pay attention to signs of fetal distress. Failure to monitor the infant or to respond promptly and appropriately may result in the baby suffering:

At the Houston birth injury law firm of Hampton & King, our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in complex medical malpractice cases. We are here to offer you the knowledge and support you need to seek full compensation for injuries caused by failure to respond to fetal distress.

Recognizing The Signs Of Fetal Distress

Here are a few signs that may indicate the baby is experiencing fetal distress:

  • Lack of movement
  • Low heart rate
  • Meconium, when the mother's water breaks

The OB-GYN or attending physician should take immediate action if signs of fetal distress appear. He or she may choose to order a cesarean section, speed up the delivery or take other steps. Sometimes simple actions such as giving the mother extra oxygen or having her change positions can reduce fetal distress.

To learn more about your rights and options if your child was injured or delivered stillborn, request a free initial consultation today. Simply call the Houston lawyers of Hampton & King at 713-574-8660 or send us an email.