At the Texas birth injury law firm of Hampton & King, our lawyers know how critical it is for physicians, obstetricians and other medical providers to adhere to the accepted standard of care. If they do not, serious injuries may occur. For instance, failure to monitor a baby properly during the labor and delivery process or during the hospital stay can result in a wide range of serious life-threatening conditions. These can include:
- Meconium aspiration syndrome: If a baby is under stress inside the womb, he or she may pass stools (called meconium) into the amniotic fluid. If that meconium is breathed into the lungs, it can block the baby's airway, cause serious infection or lung inflammation or result in other life-threatening problems. Prompt treatment is necessary and may include antibiotics, suctioning of the lungs, ventilation machines, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, radiant warmers and more.
- Fetal acidosis: Acidosis refers to abnormally high levels of acid in the blood. An unborn child's blood may be highly acidic due to a buildup of carbon dioxide, for instance. This often occurs when the baby is deprived of adequate oxygen during the labor and delivery process. Untreated, it can lead to brain damage or death. Medical providers can take steps to avoid fetal acidosis by monitoring the mother's blood Ph levels, monitoring the baby's heart rate and oxygen levels, minimizing lengthy and stressful labors, diagnosing anemia and more.
- Fetal hypoxia: Sometimes referred to as intrauterine hypoxia or birth asphyxia, this serious condition occurs when the unborn baby is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply. The causes of fetal hypoxia can include prolapsed umbilical cords, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), prolonged labors, sedatives given to the mother and more. It can lead to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and other types of brain damage or even to fetal death.
If you believe your child was harmed by a medical provider's failure to monitor him or her, turn to Hampton & King today. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling our Houston attorneys at 713-574-8660 or by sending us an email.