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Fetal Distress


Failure to quickly deliver a baby in distress can cause terrible brain damage due to lack of oxygen.

During labor and delivery, the military doctors, midwives, and nurses caring for you should have been carefully monitoring your baby’s health. You were likely put on a fetal and contraction monitor that recorded how you baby was tolerating labor. Fetal monitoring can pick up early signs that a baby is in trouble, referred to as fetal distress. As long as the health care providers react quickly and appropriately to fetal distress, permanent brain injury to a baby can be avoided.

Unfortunately, sometimes the signs of fetal distress are not recognized or there is a delay in performing a c-section until it is too late and the baby has suffered severe brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during birth.  These babies are born not breathing, with low heart rates and not moving or crying.   They require resuscitation and end up in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with seizures and other signs of brain damage.

If your baby has been diagnosed with a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen at birth and a failure to react to fetal distress in labor at an Army, Navy or Air Force hospital, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help.  An experienced military birth injury lawyer will carefully evaluate your case to see if there was fetal distress that was missed.  Free consultations and no fee if no recovery.

Military Birth Injury Help Line: 1-877-695-8757.  Calls answered 24/7.

Military Birth Injury e-mail: LawHelp@MilitaryMedicalMalpractice.com


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