Understanding New York Fetal Distress

The American obstetrical community does not agree on one set of standards that define fetal distress. There are no strict guidelines that lead to a medical diagnosis of fetal distress. Instead, the definition of fetal distress is more general and applies to any signs that a fetus may be struggling, suffering, or otherwise unwell.

Symptoms of Fetal Distress

The symptoms of fetal distress may be evident in the unborn child or mother upon examination during pregnancy or childbirth. Symptoms of fetal distress may include:
  • Decreased fetal movement. This may be reported by the mother or detected by an ultrasound or other test.
  • Increased or decreased heart rate.
  • The presence of meconium in the amniotic fluid.
  • A slowing or stalling of labor.
  • Biochemical symptoms that are detected by taking a prick of the baby's blood during labor.

Treatment of Fetal Distress

Prompt treatment of fetal distress is often critical to the child. In some cases, a doctor may be able to treat the fetal distress without delivering the child. However, in many cases, particularly in late pregnancy or during childbirth, the doctor will need to deliver the baby as soon as possible.

Contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney if Your Child Has Been Injured

If a doctor fails to recognize the symptoms of fetal distress or fails to treat fetal distress and the child suffers an injury then the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice damages. If your child was in fetal distress and was injured as a result, it is important that you contact a New York birth trauma lawyer to discuss your case.

The New York City birth accident attorneys of The Pagan Law Firm believe that babies who are hurt because of a doctor's negligence deserve to recover damages. Please contact us today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 or via our online contact form for more information.

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