Fetal Distress

Every expectant parent hopes for the safe delivery of their child, however, there are many things that can go wrong before, during, or even after a delivery. Parents trust their doctors to assist them with the birth of their child and often assume that the attending physician is properly trained and capable of performing any medical tasks needed to ensure the safety of child and mother. Unfortunately, this is not always true.

Fetal distress occurs when the fetus shows signs that it is excessively fatigued. This can happen before or during childbirth and needs to be treated immediately to maintain the health of both mother and child. There are many causes for fetal distress including abnormal position of the fetus, placental abruption, breathing problems, prolapsed umbilical cord, among others.

Symptoms of fetal distress should be taken very seriously and may prompt the urgent delivery of the baby. Symptoms may include:

  • Increased or decreased heart rate of the fetus
  • Abnormal biochemical signs (assessed by a sample of the baby’s blood)
  • Decreased movement of the fetus felt by the mother

If you and your child have suffered fetal distress, contact a lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options. If a doctor did not respond as urgently as needed to treat you or your child, the doctor may be liable for any birth injuries that you or your child may have suffered. Contact the Green Bay birth injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874, Your initial consultation is free.