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Risks related to use of forceps during deliveries

As many Pittsburgh mothers are well aware, childbirth does not always go as expected. In this case doctors may opt to use tools like forceps, which can actually result in a number of very serious medical complications. Knowing about these risks is of the utmost importance to ensure the health of your baby remains top-priority during a delivery.

The risks big babies may pose to mothers

Throughout their pregnancies, expecting parents closely monitor the growth of their babies, using that as a sign of healthy progress. It is possible, however, for a developing baby to grow to a point where his or her size could cause complications during delivery. Big babies are termed to be large for their gestational age (the actual clinical name applied to this condition is “fetal macrosomia”). While whether or not a baby is determined to be LGA depends on his or her exact gestational age, the Mayo clinic defines the fetal macrosomia threshold as being 4000 grams, or 8 pounds, 13 ounces.

Complications related to premature births

Expectant mothers in Pittsburgh hope for a safe and problem-free delivery. In the event of a premature birth, there are a number of serious complications that can occur that can imperil the health and well-being of both mother and child. These complications can even prove life-threatening in some instances, and accordingly must be taken seriously by hospital staff.

What is a uterine rupture?

While child birth should be a joyous experience for all women, serious injuries can occur even at the most prestigious Pittsburgh hospitals. A uterine rupture is just one possible complication that can have tragic consequences for both mother and child. Accordingly, it’s important for you as a soon-to-be mother to be fully informed about this complication, why it occurs and how it can be treated.

What is an episiotomy, and what are the risks of this procedure?

During childbirth, you might have to have an episiotomy. While this procedure is considered outdated by some, it is still used in some cases. In the United States, approximately 40 percent of vaginal births will need this procedure.

Birth injury case ends in $16 million award

Most women expect their birth experience to be well handled, especially when they have shopped around for a birth center or hospital that will meet their needs. While there is no guarantee that everything will go according to plan, they certainly don't expect to be physically restrained by the nursing staff.

Postpartum hemorrhages are life threatening

When a woman gives birth, she is going to experience vaginal bleeding. There is a fine line between normal bleeding after birth and a postpartum hemorrhage. When a woman experiences postpartum hemorrhaging, she is facing a life-threatening condition that must be properly managed. Failing to properly manage the bleeding can lead to maternal death, which can lead to a legal claim for compensation from the family members who are left behind after her death.

Infection risks are great after a surgical delivery

When a woman is pregnant, she assumes that her labor and delivery will be difficult. Most women don't expect that conditions like preterm premature rupture of the membranes or uterine infections will occur. When a woman does suffer from PPROM and a uterine infection, which is known as chorioamnionitis, her medical team must step up and take care of her and her baby in a way that minimizes the risks that both mother and baby now have.

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