Many people think birth injuries only affect babies during or immediately after delivery.
However, childbirth-related injuries to mothers are common and oftentimes serious, leading to long-term treatment needs as well as physical and emotional scars.
Birth injuries sustained by moms
Giving birth is a complicated and dangerous event, and some level of pain and trauma is normal and expected. However, when doctors, nurses and medical staff members neglect to follow specific protocols and monitor a mother’s condition during childbirth, more serious injuries can occur. A few of the most common major birth injuries include:
- Uterine rupture and abnormal bleeding
- Preeclampsia or eclampsia
- Broken bones or bruising
- Infection leading to sepsis
- Extensive vaginal tears or lacerations
- C-section complications leading to incapacitation or death
Recovery needs after a traumatic birth
Recovering from childbirth trauma can take a long time. The most important task is to seek treatment from a caring and competent team of medical professionals who can help you heal your body. Depending on the severity of your case, you may need support from family and friends to help you care for your newborn through your recovery process.
Additionally, you may suffer mental and emotional pain in the aftermath of a traumatic delivery. Speaking to a licensed counselor, therapist or spiritual advisor may help you process your feelings.
When you bring new life into the world, you expect your healthcare team to manage your care needs effectively and keep you safe throughout the process. If you suffered unexpected personal injury in a medical setting while giving birth, the circumstances of your situation may constitute medical malpractice.