Prolonged and Abnormal Labor

Prolonged and Abnormal Labor | Birth Injury Video Library


My name is Andrea Shea, and I’m the on-staff nurse at Reiter & Walsh. I investigate the records – prenatal through the first year of life – and I help to tell the story for the mom and for the baby. When I’m reviewing records, I sometimes come across trends. One of the trends that I’m noticing with the cases I’m reviewing is a failure to recognize abnormal labor, or a delayed recognition of abnormal labor. Typically, by the time it’s named and recognized, the baby is already compromised. And then, they’re doing an emergent or emergency C-section. When moms are allowed to labor longer, it can put additional stress on the baby. When they’re in those contraction patterns for additional hours, it can actually cause hypoxia and lead to permanent brain damage.

Legal Help For Prolonged and Arrested Labor

Prolonged and arrested labor can cause serious injuries such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, intracranial hemorrhages, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, and more. Babies born with these injuries tend to go on to require specialized care and medical resources. If you believe your child was injured as the result of prolonged or abnormal labor and delivery, you may be entitled to compensation from a medical malpractice lawsuit. Reach out to our team for a free, no-obligation case review. Our firm solely handles birth trauma cases.

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