The Link Between Birth Injuries and Breech Deliveries

The Link Between Birth Injuries and Breech Deliveries

by / Wednesday, 04 July 2018 / Published in Birth Trauma
Baby wrapped in a blanket sleeping

Giving birth is never easy, even in a normal, uncomplicated delivery. But when complications arise, the more likely it is that the mother or child will end up experiencing an injury. Breech deliveries are one type of complication that can raise the risk of birth trauma.

In most cases, the doctor is able to conduct tests and exams to determine whether or not the child is in the right position before labor even begins. If the doctor finds the baby is still positioned with its head facing up, they may be able to manually reposition the baby, or they might order a C-section to help reduce the risk of the complications and injuries that can occur in breech deliveries.

Lack of Oxygen

Birth asphyxia is a very big concern with breech deliveries. When a delivery becomes complicated, it’s very common for the child to go into distress. Fetal distress can result in the baby’s heart rate becoming either too high or too low, often because of a lack of oxygen. Umbilical cord prolapse has a higher risk of occuring in breech births and if it happens, it cuts off oxygen and blood flow to the baby. Being born in the breech position is also associated with a higher risk of nuchal cord, or the umbilical cord becoming wrapped around the baby’s neck.

Lack of oxygen around the time of birth is a very serious problem and if it’s not addressed quickly enough, it can have very serious long-term effects on the child. Just a few minutes without oxygen can result in brain damage. Birth asphyxia can potentially result in anything from hearing loss and vision impairments to cerebral palsy, seizures, and learning disabilities.

Bone & Nerve Injuries

Since breech babies aren’t in the ideal position for delivery, it’s common for them to get stuck or need extra assistance when being delivered. For example, if a child’s shoulder gets stuck, the doctor may need to help maneuver the child out. If the doctor isn’t careful, it’s possible for the child’s collarbone to be fractured or for the child to develop a brachial plexus injury or another form of nerve damage.

Approximately 3-4 percent of babies are born in breech positions. If your child was part of that 3-4 percent and they experienced an injury as a result, don’t hesitate to contact a birth trauma lawyer. Now that it’s so easy to determine whether or not a baby is in the breech position, medical professionals have a lot of power to reduce the risks that come with delivering breech babies. Even if your child is a few years old, don’t feel like it’s too late to at least find out what your options are. Not all birth injuries are easy to spot right away and depending on the injury, it might take a few years to fully understand the full extent of it.

The Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka have expert attorneys that can help to navigate you through personal injury cases. Please contact us to bring our expertise to help you through your unfortunate times.