Pregnancy Injuries – recently, we published a blog that highlighted the unfortunate injuries that can occur to babies during birth. You can read that blog here.
Birth injuries to children are fortunately very rare. However, women are the ones who more commonly suffer injuries during childbirth.
Even with the best of care, childbirth has its risks. If you have a natural vaginal childbirth, chances are you will suffer some sort of injury during delivery such as a tear, a bleed or scarring. Likewise, a planned or emergency caesarean section carries risks of infection and surgical injury.
It is widely accepted that the majority of these injuries are unavoidable and come hand in hand with childbearing. However, there numerous cases in which these injuries have been negligently caused by doctors and/or midwives by failing to exercise an acceptable standard of treatment and determining whether a woman’s injuries sustained during pregnancy have been negligently caused is not a straightforward enquiry. This is because there are many factors that guide Obstetricians in deciding how to proceed with delivering a child. These include: