Birth Trauma Claims
A birth trauma can be extremely devastating, potentially having very serious consequences for mother or child, or both. Unfortunately, instances of this type can sometimes be caused by medical negligence, and it is vital in such times that those affected are able to claim compensation to help with the pain and suffering felt.
The team at HospitalNegligence.co.uk is here to provide the assistance you need, providing a caring and professional service at a time that can be extremely difficult and upsetting. Discuss your situation with us today by calling us on 0800 014 7481 or by completing our online enquiry form.
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What is a Birth Trauma?
Birth trauma refers to both the physical and psychological experience of the mother and baby during birth, as well as to the experience of the father. It is defined as a difficult labour that results in either physical or psychological injury to the mother and/or baby.
There can be lasting psychological effects from birth trauma for either parent if they believed that there was a threat to the health of the mother or baby, or that one or both of their lives were in danger.
Childbirth should be a happy experience for both parents and babies, yet up to 34% of women suffer a traumatic birth, according to PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). The experience can leave them suffering from:
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Difficulty sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Fear of getting pregnant again
- Postnatal depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Causes of a Traumatic Childbirth for the Parent
If something goes wrong during birth, or it did not go as planned, this can be very traumatic for parents. Likewise, if either mother or baby suffers injury, or has to have emergency treatment, this can also lead to birth trauma.
Often, feeling helpless can cause a woman to feel as though she has experienced a traumatic birth, particularly when a doctor or midwife is administering medication or taking action on her body without fully explaining the implications. In addition, she may also be experiencing the pain of the after effects of an episiotomy or a caesarean, or worry about the impact of treatment (or a lack of treatment) provided to her newborn.
Among the most common causes of birth trauma for parents are complications during childbirth. These include:
- Traumatic delivery
- The baby getting stuck
- The baby showing signs of distress
- An emergency C-section being carried out
- The mother being left alone for significant periods
- An instrumental delivery being carried out
- Poor monitoring of the situation
Often women who are suffering from the impact of birth trauma feel as though their doctor or midwife did not consult them during the birth, take their feelings into consideration or fully explain what was happening.
If you or your partner/spouse felt as though your needs, or the needs of your baby, were ignored during birth and you have subsequently suffered lasting psychological effects or developed PTSD, then you should consult a specialist birth trauma solicitor to see if you can make a claim for compensation. Where something avoidable has gone wrong, money can be awarded to enable parents to obtain the counselling they need to feel better.
Causes of a Traumatic Childbirth for the Baby
For a baby, being pulled out of the birth canal with forceps or by Ventouse may not only cause pain in the first moments of life outside the womb, but could also lead to lasting damage if the person carrying out the procedure does not follow the correct procedure or is negligent in any way. For instance, a baby may be in distress during a difficult delivery if it becomes stuck due to shoulder dystocia or if it experiences oxygen deprivation. Serious, life-changing injuries such as cerebral palsy and Erb's Palsy can result from complications at this stage.
Talk to Us
If your baby was injured at birth due to mistakes during delivery, then the experts at HospitalNegligence.co.uk can help you claim compensation to help you deal with the financial impact of that injury. Call us on 0800 014 7481 to find out if you have a case.