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The dangers of inducing labor

Expectant mothers in Pittsburgh hospitals may want to inquire about what medical procedures will be conducted when doctors suggest inducing of labor. Though this now seems to have become routine, the procedure is so delicate that care needs to be taken to insure that a healthy baby is born and that birth injuries do not occur.

A couple is now suing two doctors that were responsible for inducing labor as the newborn child now suffers from severe brain damage. The mother of the child at 38 weeks gestation was admitted to the hospital to induce labor. She was informed by the doctor that the protocol was to use inducing agents Misoprostol (Cytotec) and Oxytocin. Though it's contended that the mother voiced concerns about the use of these two agents, the doctor insured her that she had used these two inducing agents without complications.

Whatever was or was not said between doctor and patient, the fetal heart rate was noted to be significantly low during labor and may have been beating too slowly for as much as 40 minutes. It was also noted that the child's motions were abnormal and resembled activities related to seizures.

A Caesarian section was performed and actions were taken to combat what was described as sepsis and respiratory distress. Unfortunately, the child continues to suffer from various ailments connected with her birth.

It will likely be left up to a jury to decide if the actions of the doctors and staff actually caused the injuries. Such a jury will also likely need to decide if appropriate actions were taken by the medical providers to prevent the birth injuries from occurring once problems were noted. Proving up such claims can be extremely complicated and would require an able attorney experienced in birth injury litigation.

Source: morningsun.jet, "Medical malpractice suit filed against two physicians, hospital," by Eric Swanson, March 2012

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