Labour is a very emotional time and is also incredibly hard on women’s bodies. For some women, the birth has no complications and therefore no or hardly, any injuries to the mother. This can mean a quicker recovery at a very crucial time. 

Unfortunately a lot of women do suffer from an injury during the birth process which can cause a lot of trauma, longer recovery and can even affect women’s day to day quality of life. 

Some of the common injuries to mothers include:

Bladder and bowel complications (could these be dropdowns??)
There can be a number of different bladder and/ or bowel complications for the women following a birth.
– Pelvic Floor complications, may be due to pregnancy or assisted delivery. A damaged or weakened pelvic floor can be very upsetting and debilitating. Women may not be able to control correctly the pelvic floor muscles which can cause constipation, straining, leaking and a frequent need to pee.
– Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) refers to a weak bladder, usually it is because the pelvic floor or the sphincter have been damaged or weakened.

Support and advice
If you are suffering from a bladder or bowel issue and would like more information or need to speak with someone, contact one or more of the following charities:

Pelvicroar

Home – Aiming to change the lives of women injured during childbirth. (masic.org.uk)

Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that develops outside the uterus and most cases the pregnancy develops in the Fallopian tube also known as a tubal ectopic pregnancy. Some however, do develop in other areas that are not the womb.  

Tubal ectopic pregnancy cannot survive and non-tubal ectopic pregnancy is extremely unlikely to survive. In all cases, if left untreated an ectopic pregnancy can cause serious harm to the mother. 

Support and advice

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust | EPT

Ectopic pregnancy – The Miscarriage Association

Home – What is Ectopic Pregnancy? – Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation

Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH)
Postpartum haemorrhage is when a woman bleeds more than usual following the birth of a baby. This can be caused  a tear in the cervix, vagina or uterus. It can also be caused by issue with the placenta, a hematoma or blood clotting disorders.

Support and advice

Post Partum Haemorrhage (PPH) | AIMS


Infections

Link to Neonatal infections or repeat content????

Maternal mortality
Maternal mortality refers to a women who has died while pregnant or because of a complication due to child birth. The most common causes of maternal mortality are severe bleeding, high blood pressure during pregnancy, infections, complications from delivery and unsafe abortions.

Do we mention here about the ethnicity causes a factor here – could also direct to Five More charity??

Support and advice

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Pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is when the pelvic organs drop because of the reduced support of the vagina. Child birth, vaginal or assisted, can cause this injury.

Link to PFD charity???

Perineal area injuries
– Nerve damage
– Pelvic pain
– Muscle damage

Child birth can cause injury to the perineal area such as nerve damage, pelvic pain and muscle damage. These injuries can happen naturally when delivering a baby or surgically to help with the birth process.

Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a multi system disorder and is when there is a defect in the placenta which occurs after 20 weeks. It can cause the mother to have raised blood pressure and leakage of protein in urine. The baby may develop slower and could potentially suffer from oxygen deficiency. 

Retained placenta

Retained placenta is when part or all of the placenta remains in the womb for longer than usual after birth. This can be caused by the womb stops contracting, the placenta becomes trapped or part of the placenta is embedded in the womb. 

Legal advice

Giving birth can be a wonderful time but it can sometimes be traumatic. Whether your birth was natural, assisted or via caesarean section unfortunately, from time to time, things can go wrong, often leading to devastating consequences.

Sadly, mistakes by medical professionals can result in pain, heartache and frustration for victims and their families alike.

If negligent mistakes are made by medical professionals during the birth of a child, this can lead to injuries being sustained by the mother. The following injuries can occur as a result of substandard medical treatment:-

  • Damage to the bladder or bowel during caesarean section
  • Pain and loss of blood as a result of a retained placenta which is not identified
  • Perineal tears or problems with stitching following a tea or episiotomy
  • Long terms bowel problems if third or fourth degree tears are not adequately identified or are not repaired properly
  • Illness as a result of a failure to recognise and treat pre-eclampsia
  • Illness as a result of a failure to diagnose and treat infection that arises following delivery
  • Psychiatric illness
  • Our birth injury medical negligence specialists can provide you with the expert advice needed to determine whether you have a medical negligence claim and offer guidance on what you should do next.

If you believe that you have a birth injury claim in relation to any treatment that you received during the delivery, then please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today. We are dedicated to acting in your best interests and can advise you how to proceed. If, after talking to us, you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.