If you are pregnant and have had a C-section before, it is important to
understand the possibility for a uterine rupture and the affects that
it can have on you and your baby. While women who have never had a C-section
are at less risk to suffer from uterine rupture, there are a small percentage
of mothers who have had the procedure done before who are harmed by a
tear in the uterus. A uterine rupture occurs when the wall of the uterus
is torn. This usually happens at the same location the C-section incision
occurred. If severe enough, a uterine rupture can be very dangerous.
It is the duty of the physician to make sure they notice signs of a uterine
rupture by monitoring the labor. If they notice that the uterus has been
torn, they must act quickly to make sure no damage is done to the mother
or the baby. The doctor should look for signs such as the baby’s
heart rate increasing or abnormal activity, or pain the abdomen for the
mother. There may also be high heart rate for the mother, shock, or vaginal bleeding.
If the uterus has ruptured, there’s a chance an emergency C-section
will be performed to deliver the baby. This way the doctors can focus
on the mother. Failure to monitor or treat this in a timely manner can
cause injuries to both the mother and the baby. If the baby is not delivered
immediately, it could suffer serious brain injuries due to loss of its
crucial lifeline in the stomach. It is important to make sure that action
is taken in a swift manner to protect the baby.
Uterine ruptures are considered rare, but if they do happen, they can be
serious. It is important to know that if your child suffered injury due
to the inaction of a doctor or the failure to monitor or detect a uterine
rupture, you may be entitled to compensation. A child who suffers birth
injuries can deal with physical damages for years to come or even his
or her whole life. Making sure that you are justly compensated is important.
Hiring a personal injury claim can be the difference between dealing with
these hardships and recovering damages due to the negligence of a treating