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Public health officials respond to rise in child birth complications

A spike in complications for mothers and newborns has spurred hospitals and public health officials to action. Authorities are working to improve safety conditions for mothers in delivery rooms after a spike in severe birth complications. In addition to public and official awareness, doctors and surgical teams are being trained to quickly deal with a health crisis during child birth.

For women who have delivered a child in New York or nationwide, complications can be serious, permanent or deadly. Failure to quickly address a problem or to identify a dangerous condition can result in medical injury. If you or someone you love was injured or lost their life during childbirth, it is important to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can review the facts of your case and identify responsible parties.

According to reports, mothers are suffering an increased number of child birth emergencies, including cardiac arrest, respiratory distress and kidney failure at an increased rate of 75 percent. Women can experience severe bleeding or hemorrhage, which is the most common cause of death after childbirth. Mothers are also faced with other severe complications in the days following child birth.

Though 4 million women suffer some kind of delivery or pregnancy complication every year, severe complications affect a total of 52,000 women. One reason for the spike in trauma could be that more mothers are older, obese or suffer a chronic health condition at the time of delivery. An increase in the number of Casarean-sections could also be contributing to the number of childbirth injuries.

Those who suffer may have been victims of medical negligence. An experienced advocate can review the facts of your case and help you collect the compensation you are entitled to.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Steep Rise of Complications in Childbirth Spurs Action,” Laura Landro Dec. 10, 2012