Getting Help When Birthing Day Doesn't Go As Planned

There are so many things to look forward to when expecting a new baby and it doesn’t matter if it’s your first, or your tenth. But sometimes things don’t always go according to plan, so knowing what to do if this happens to you is pretty important.

We’re going to look at a few of the most common injuries that babies and mum’s face during childbirth and what you need to do to get the help you need if this happens to you.

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For mums, there is a range of common birth injuries. While many of these are relatively minor and can be corrected quickly, some will require long-term care and may also cause permanent damage to the mother. In these instances, you must obtain as much information as possible from your medical team including transcripts of medical reports and if you intend on seeking further investigation, then you need to ensure that your case is properly documented with your local NHS trust authority. 

Some of these injuries may include:

Vaginal tears, broken bones, uterine rupture, uterine inversions, nerve injury and pelvic organ prolapse.

For babies, this becomes a much more important consideration as what could seem like a relatively minor injury at birth could well become something more serious later on, so when injuries have occurred for babies at birth, you must get as much information as possible and ask for a second opinion. You can also ask that your entire case be reviewed by your local NHS trust and if you’re still not satisfied, you can ask for an independent review. 

Babies can commonly face nerve damage, bruises or broken bones, injuries caused by forceps, facial paralysis, fractures or haemorrhages. Many infant injuries can be treated and are caused as a result of difficult or traumatic births where there may not be any culpability or legal wrongdoing on the part of the doctor or midwife, but as most of us are not medically trained it is important to get the right advice. 

This starts with finding the right solicitors that can assist with birth injury claims and also offer you direction in case management and documentary requirements.


We know that pregnancy isn’t always as easy and calm as we’d like it to be and at times it can be extremely challenging, which makes it even more important for mother and child to have as easy pregnancy as possible and this should extend to your birthing experience. So it pays to do some research and find out what the best possible options are for you and your baby, especially when your pregnancy was less than ideal. So, if you have had a challenging pregnancy then you need to discuss this with your midwife and doctor and keep those lines of communication open because the more information they have, the better prepared they’ll be on birthing day.

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