Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Birth Injuries
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What happens to the baby when there is Hypoxia during labor and delivery?
Unfortunately, hypoxia often affects the most sensitive and delicate part of a baby, their brain. Hypoxia can cause permanent brain damage when brain cells die because of lack of oxygen. The longer the hypoxia lasts, the greater the degree of brain damage. That is why is it so important to take action when hypoxia is seen on the fetal monitor machine.
Can Hypoxia during labor and delivery be Corrected or Prevented?
If a baby starts to experience hypoxia, the fetal heart monitor will show evidence of “stress” on the baby. As soon as that starts to show up, the nurses should begin assessing why there are signs of stress, and notifying the Ob-Gyn of the situation. If the stress does not resolve very quickly, or becomes more severe, a cesarean section is often the recommended procedure.
A doctor told me my child may have suffered from hypoxia during my labor and delivery. What is hypoxia and What causes it?
Put simply, hypoxia is a lack of oxygen.
During labor and delivery, Hypoxia is usually caused by something which stops or slows down the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the baby through the umbilical cord. Sometimes the cord can be pinched or knotted. It can also be wrapped too tightly around the baby’s neck.
When hypoxia occurs during labor, it will often show up on the fetal monitor machine which monitors mom and baby during labor.