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Postpartum Hemorrhage Malpractices

Excessive or catastrophic bleeding in the body of a mother which occurs subsequent to the delivery of a baby is postpartum hemorrhage.

Choices among forceps delivery, vacuum delivery, or a cesarean can usually be the reason, or at least contributor to the excess in bleeding.

If the hemorrhage is promptly treated and detected, in most cases, the prognosis s beneficial; with complications at a minimum, the mother will recover most likely.

Failure to diagnose postpartum hemorrhaging properly can result in dire consequences. This can include the mother’s death if the bleeding persists. This can result in a case for postpartum hemorrhage malpractices.

The Cause of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Subsequent to the delivery of a baby, from the uterine wall, the placenta must become detached before passed. This is known as afterbirth.

Postpartum hemorrhage is most often the result of uterine atony, which is the lack of ability of the uterus to have an impactful contract to the bleeding out of blood vessels during the afterbirth passing.

There are other causes of postpartum hemorrhage, which entail the following:

From the uterus, detachment of the placenta that’s premature; separation of the placenta that is incomplete, to cause bleeding where remaining placenta pieces remain connected to the uterine wall; forceps delivery; cesarean section; difficult or long delivery; vacuum assisted delivery; medicinal side effects used to reduce contractions or induce labor; infection or inflammation of the uterus; and typically in the delivery of twins or multiples, the presence of over one placenta.

The cause of postpartum hemorrhage are typically procedures, such as vacuum assisted delivery, or forceps delivery. With the procedures, physicians must weigh risks prior to opting to proceed.

Postpartum hemorrhage results in excess of loss of blood, and a threat to life of a mother, if not treated and detected promptly.

Excessive blood loss results in low blood pressure, which can cause the mother to go into shock.

Physicians are able to identify postpartum hemorrhage by monitoring the heart rate of the mother, red blood cell count, blood pressure; as well as react adequately if there was in excess bleeding.

In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. This is achieved to save the life of a mother and stop bleeding.

Due to medical error, if the result is hemorrhage, the medical facility and healthcare staff may be held liable for additional procedure costs needed for the issue to be resolved.

As a result of postpartum hemorrhage, a mother may die. It can be determined that negligence to identify or treat promptly the bleeding as a result, may result in postpartum hemorrhage malpractices for wrongful death.

Birth injury medical malpractice attorneys can assist you with concerns for sustained birth injuries. They can represent individuals who have endured damages due to postpartum hemorrhage malpractices.

If you or a member of the family was killed or injured during childbirth, immediately contact an attorney to schedule a consultation. 


Your attorney can evaluate your lawsuit, address your questions, and explain the litigation process and legal rights for you to go forward with your life.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797.

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