Oxygen Deprivation Leading to Birth Injuries

Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy

While the birth of a child is often a time filled with joy and excitement, there are times when the birth is overshadowed by a complication occurring. Children are born every day healthy and without any complications, but sometimes parents are faced with unimaginable circumstances that change the course of their lives forever. One example of this is oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation can cause serious birth injuries, and may be caused by a variety of factors. While oxygen deprivation is not always the result of medical malpractice, it is often the case. When oxygen deprivation occurs and leads to a birth injury, it is considered medical malpractice.


Oxygen Deprivation Explained


There are two types of oxygen deprivation, hypoxia and anoxia. Hypoxia refers to a lack of oxygen reaching the brain, while anoxia refers to a complete absence of oxygen to the brain. Anoxic brain injuries are the most severe due to the complete absence in oxygen. When the brain does not receive any oxygen, or an insufficient amount of oxygen, it can cause severe brain damage due to cell death in the brain. 


This is often irreversible, but if caught early, in some instances cooling therapy may be appropriate and may help to prevent further brain damage from occurring. Sadly, oxygen deprivation can cause a slew of birth injuries, and once the damage has occurred, generally speaking it is irreversible. 


Birth Injuries Due to Oxygen Deprivation


There are many different birth injuries that can occur due to oxygen deprivation. Sadly, birth injuries due to oxygen deprivation are often catastrophic. Examples of birth injuries due to oxygen deprivation include the following:


  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Hearing impairments 
  • Vision impairments
  • Developmental delays
  • Behavioral problems


These are just a few of the many birth injuries that are related to oxygen deprivation. 


Causes of Oxygen Deprivation During Labor and Delivery 


There are many different causes of oxygen deprivation shortly before or during labor and delivery that can lead to birth injuries. These include the following:


  • Preeclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Fetal presentation that is abnormal
  • Cephalopelvic disproportion
  • Forceps injuries
  • Vacuum extractor injuries
  • Trauma during delivery
  • Low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios)
  • Placental abruption
  • Prolonged labor
  • Arrested labor
  • Uterine rupture 
  • Uterine tachysystole
  • Problems with the umbilical cord
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)


These are just a few of the many complications that can occur shortly before or during labor and delivery that can lead to birth injuries. While some of these complications are not able to be prevented, some are entirely preventable. 


Medical Malpractice Surrounding Oxygen Deprivation at Birth


There are many ways in which medical malpractice can cause your child’s birth injury as the result of oxygen deprivation. Examples of these include the following:


  • Failure to recognize fetal distress
  • Opting for a vaginal birth when a c-section is indicated
  • Failing to intervene when there is fetal distress
  • Failing to intervene in the setting of prolonged or arrested labor
  • Improper use of vacuum extractor or forceps
  • Failing to identify a complication leading to a birth injury
  • Failure to properly treat pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, or any other complications 
  • Failing to initiate care after a birth injury has been identified (i.e. cooling therapy

Ask Us For Help if a Loved One is a Victim of Medical Malpractice Due to Oxygen Deprivation Leading to Birth Injuries


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