As an expecting mother, you’ve probably combed through articles on the internet and in magazines and you have probably read through book after book about being pregnant and what you can expect. You have probably also read about all of the possible problems and issues you may encounter as an expecting mom. And there is no doubt that you have likely read the terms “fetal distress” on numerous occasions, which can scare the daylights out of any expecting parent. Fetal distress can be serious because that means that the unborn baby is not getting enough oxygen while in the womb. At Shevlin Smith, our Virginia birth injury lawyers are here to speak with you if you have been told that your unborn baby is in fetal distress; we know how serious this can be.
Causes of fetal distress before labor:
- Placental abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterus
- Umbilical cord becomes entangled around the baby’s neck or a limb
- High blood pressure
- Infection in the uterus
Fetal distress must be monitored by a doctor. If you believe that you were not properly monitored and that fetal distress caused your child’s birth injury, call the attorneys at Shevlin Smith.
Contact a Fairfax Birth Injury Lawyer
At Shevlin Smith, our Fairfax birth injury attorneys represent clients whose babies were victims of medical malpractice in Washington DC and Virginia. Call our Fairfax office at 703.591.0067 to speak with our attorneys. For additional information on fetal distress, read our library article “The Warning Signs of Fetal Distress Moms in Virginia Should Know.”