Expectant mothers are experiencing problems during childbirth for a number of reasons. The Centers for Disease Control report that more than 135 expectant and new mothers every day are experiencing complications in the delivery process. Some of the problems can be attributed to maternal health factors, but for others, a delay and denial of common symptoms of complications by medical staff become an issue. Mothers in Rhode Island who have experienced similar issues may be interested in some of the data surrounding the trend.
The United States has the highest rate of maternal death in the industrialized world, which ranges from 700 to 900 women annually. Also troubling are the cases of maternal morbidity, which are serious medical events that occur during or following the birth of a child. The problems include hemorrhages, organ failure, HELLP syndrome, preeclampsia or other disorders that affect the health of the mother.
Concerns from women during childbirth are sometimes dismissed as mental health concerns, causing physicians to delay treatment or deny serious symptoms. In one case, a woman was offered a foot rub when in fact her breathing troubles were a result of preeclampsia, heart failure and pulmonary edema. True medical conditions may be brushed aside by doctors who are taught to quickly identify and treat symptoms of serious problems. When faced with these issues, sometimes the medical teams do not have proper protocols in place.
Complications in the delivery process can be deadly for both mother and child. A physician or nurse, whose role it is to provide a duty of care to a pregnant woman, must recognize dangerous symptoms or they could endanger lives. In Rhode Island, a person who suffers damages because of delayed or denial of treatment may wish to consult with an attorney who can provide guidance and an evaluation of the case.
Source: propublica.org, "Severe Complications for Women During Childbirth Are Skyrocketing - and Could Often Be Prevented", Katherine Ellison and Nina Martin, Dec. 22, 2017