Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury that can occur before, during or shortly after the time of birth. The condition can be caused by lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain arising from a medical mistake. Not all cases of
Erb’s Palsy is a form of Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injury (or OBPI) that can arise from shoulder dystocia during birth. The injury can result in partial or complete paralysis of the baby’s arm and hand. Not all Erb’s Palsy or
Placental Abruption occurs when the placenta comes away from the wall of the uterus. When placental abruption happens, urgent action is required. Failure to act quickly can result in serious injury. Doctors and midwives should be aware of the mothers
Delay in performing an emergency caesarean or c-section can be catastrophic to both mother and baby. A caesarean section can be a very risky operation. Mothers who have undergone c-sections are at a greater risk of incisional hernias and adhesions.
Lawyers use the term “wrongful birth” when a child is born with an abnormality which should have been identified and if the parents had known it would have been likely to result in them choosing to terminate the pregnancy. Mothers
Perineal tears during childbirth are uncommon and most cases are satisfactorily treated. However, while tearing of the perineal tissue is regarded as a natural part of giving birth, errors do occur. Tears can also occur when there has been a
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that seriously threatens both mother and baby. It occurs during the later stages of pregnancy and after delivery, causing fluid retention and protein to build up in the mother’s urine. It generally results in the mother’s
Forceps and ventouse are surgical instruments used to assist the delivery of babies. In the vast majority of incidences, these instruments are correctly used. However, mistakes do occur and when they lead to injury then there might be a claim
Shoulder dystocia can occur when a baby’s shoulder gets trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone. It can result in a range of injuries, the most serious being nerve damage and paralysis. It is the main cause of Erb’s Palsy. The
The brachial plexus nerves are situated in the shoulder and upper arm. These nerves can be damaged in childbirth in a number of ways, including Shoulder Dystocia. Erb’s Palsy is a related condition, as is Klumpke’s Paralysis (or Dejerine-Klumke Palsy).