What You Need to Know About the Failure to Diagnose Premature Labor in New York

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In the last 30 years, the rate of premature babies born in the United States has risen by 36%.* Babies born before 37 weeks gestation can face an increased risk of disability or death. While not all premature births can be avoided, some mothers who go into premature labor can carry full term, or close to full term, babies with the help of their doctors.

Recognizing Premature Labor

Symptoms of premature labor appear before the 37th week of pregnancy and often include:
  • Contractions coming every 10 minutes, or more frequently.
  • A change in vaginal discharge that may include fluid or blood.
  • A feeling that the baby is bearing down.
  • Backaches or cramps similar to menstrual cramps.

Premature labor symptoms may be a medical emergency and should be immediately reported to your doctor.

Treating Premature Labor

If continuing the pregnancy is in the best medical interest of the mother and child, an obstetrician may try to delay labor by providing the mother with drugs to stop contractions, ordering bed rest, and providing drugs to the fetus to help mature the baby's lungs and increase the baby's chances of survival after birth.

Contacting a New York Birth Injury Lawyer

If your doctor failed to recognize the signs of premature labor or failed to treat your premature labor and your child was injured as a result of a premature birth, then your family may have the right to recover damages. Please contact an experienced New York birth injury attorney today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information.

*Source: March of Dimes

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