Failure to Respond to Fetal Distress
Most often, the term fetal distress is used to refer to a situation when the baby is not receiving enough oxygen during pregnancy or labor; usually, it can be detected if there is an abnormal heart rate. It is the responsibility of both the nurses and the doctors to monitor the fetus for any signs of fetal distress.
This is commonly done with electronic fetal heart rate monitoring, which has the following benefits:
- Analyzing fetal heat rate for developing hypoxia
- Monitoring the mother’s contractions
- Monitoring the fetus’ response to hypoxia
What Conditions Lead to Fetal Distress?
There are several conditions that can lead to fetal distress. Some examples include the following:
- Pregnancy induced hypertension
- Post-term pregnancies
- Intrauterine growth retardation
- Meconium-stained amniotic fluid
Treatment for Fetal Distress
If fetal distress is properly monitored and caught in time, preventative steps can be taken immediately: changing the mother’s position, hydrating and providing adequate oxygen to the mother, inserting fluid into the amniotic cavity, or doing an emergency C-section.
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Representing Fetal Distress Victims in Missouri & Nationwide
In some cases, nurses and doctors many not uphold the standard of care—and may not notice the signs of fetal distress. Should they fail to notice, and thus fail to respond in a timely manner, the baby could suffer from hypoxic brain injury, cerebral palsy, paralysis—even death. In these cases, medical professionals should be held liable for their actions—and The Simon Law Firm, P.C. in St. Louis can help you do just that.