Physicians ignored signs of fetal distress and delayed performing a necessary emergency C-section. As a result, the baby’s brain was damaged and she now has cerebral palsy. Reiter & Walsh obtained a $3.9 million settlement for the little girl and her family.
Risks for delivery complications are increased in women who are obese before pregnancy, as well as in women who are not overweight prior to pregnancy, but who gain more than 35 pounds while pregnant.
The number of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes is growing. With the many serious complications associated with this condition, it is important to consider a new test that is more senstive in diagnosing gestational diabetes, which can help prevent the serious complications.
Plea for immediate surgery on a girl with Erb’s palsy emphasizes the importance of early recognition and treatment of severe Erb’s palsy: if surgery doesn’t occur by 9 months, the arm will likely be paralyzed.
Poorly controlled gestational diabetes can lead to serious health consequences for both mother and child.