When your baby is “stillborn,” your hopes and dreams of taking your baby home are cruelly shattered. It can be devastating, overwhelming and painful. But unfortunately, stillbirth is common and affects many unsuspecting couples in the United States.
Each year, about 25,000 babies or 68 babies every day, are born still in the United States. That is one baby for every 115 births. Most often, a stillbirth is detected while the baby is in the mother’s uterus and sometimes, it is not detected until labor is underway.
Stillbirths are different from miscarriage. A miscarriage is when a baby dies before the 20th week of pregnancy. Stillbirth is the death of a baby after the 20th week of pregnancy, but before delivery. Identifiable causes of stillbirth usually fall into one of these categories:
Birth defects: These are common but often overlooked causes for stillbirth. About 25 percent of babies who are stillborn have one or more birth defects that cause their death.
Complications with placenta or the umbilical cord: Problems with either one may completely cut off or severely interfere with the needed flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the baby.
Infection of the lining of the uterus
Failure on the part of the doctor to diagnose risk factors such as an overweight mother or fetus
Failure to recognize and act when decreased fetal movement is observed.
Injuries and deaths that occur during labor and delivery can cause significant harm to both mother and child. Physicians, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals have a duty and a responsibility to provide adequate, quality care during all stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery. When adequate care, diagnosis or treatment is not provided, the health care professional involved is negligent and responsible for injuries or death to the mother and baby.
At Anapol Schwartz, our experienced Pennsylvania stillbirth lawyers are extremely sensitive to your feelings and emotions at such a tough time. We will handle your case with heart. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and holding those responsible accountable for their actions or lack of it. If you or a loved one has suffered a birth injury or has had the heartache of delivering a stillborn child.