Oregon and Southwestern Washington Birth Injuries Lawyers

Many types of symptoms of health problems experienced by the fetus during the birth process are referred to generally as fetal distress. Some health issues include:

  • Decreased or increased fetal heart rate in the womb or birth canal
  • Decreased movement of the baby through the birth canal, felt by the mother
  • Elevated blood lactate levels in the fetus, indicating lactic acidosis
  • Meconium levels detected in the amniotic fluid

The causes of the distress symptoms can vary. Some causes include:

  • Shoulder dystocia, excessive stress exerted on the baby’s neck and shoulders in the birth canal
  • Prolapse of the umbilical cord
  • Nuchal cord
  • Placental abruption
  • Rupture of the uterus during the birth process
  • Breathing abnormalities
  • Breech or abnormal position of the fetus for delivery

There is a variety of testing, diagnosis and monitoring methods available to obstetric doctors and delivery room staff to relieve the symptoms of distress. If your baby suffered medical problems related to unusually high fetal stress during pregnancy in Oregon or southwestern Washington, there is a chance your physician was negligent in overseeing the monitoring of vital signs during the birth process.

Contact a birth injury trial attorney at Miller & Wagner, in Portland, right away. We offer a free consultation to discuss the circumstances that resulted in fetal distress and work with many of the region’s leading obstetric medical professionals to determine whether you have a claim for damages.


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Hospitals are expected to staff their obstetrics wards and delivery rooms with highly qualified medical professionals under the care of the woman’s primary care physician. Substandard monitoring and diagnostics during the birth of a baby reflects any number of causes that may be the result of negligence or misconduct. Miller & Wagner attorneys’ experience with the investigation and proof of hospital negligence claims can represent a powerful advantage for your damages claim.

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