The Basics of Labor and Delivery Complications

by matter how smoothly your pregnancy is going, you can still experience complications during delivery. Your doctor is prepared to handle these complications as is the hospital you have chosen. Here are some complications that tend to be more common than others.

1. Premature Delivery

One of the greatest fears parents face is a baby that is delivered too early.  A baby who is born before it has had a chance to mature inside the womb may have lungs that are underdeveloped and other issues that make survival uncertain.  Women are typically pregnant for 40 weeks before giving birth. Any baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature.

2. Prolonged Labor

It is a small percentage of mostly first-time mothers who may have a labor that is termed a “failure to progress.” This delayed labor is risky for both the mother and unborn child. Doctors may choose to intervene with a cesarean section in these cases.

3. Abnormal Presentation

When doctors talk about presentation of the infant, they are talking about which part of the baby will appear first as it comes through the birth canal. Ideally, the baby presents head first, facing the mother’s back. Some babies shift to an abnormal position, or one in which their buttocks or feet present first. This is called breech and can be dangerous for the mother and child.

4. Premature Rupture of the Membranes

Normally, membranes rupture and release amniotic fluid right before or during labor. This is commonly known as the water breaking. Sometimes, the membranes rupture too early and expose the infant to infection.

5. Umbilical Cord Prolapse

An umbilical cord prolapse is very dangerous as it can cut off the oxygen supply to the baby. When the cord prolapses, it precedes the infant into the birth canal. It can sometimes protrude from the vagina. If this occurs, immediate medical attention is essential.

Many deliveries are completed without incident. In some cases, a complicated delivery is due to a medical professional’s negligence. If you believe that you or your child were harmed because of doctor error or negligence, call our team. We will review the details of your case at no cost to you and advise you of your options.

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