During Labor You Need Your Uterus to Contract, But Your Baby Also Needs it to Relax

Many women, when they are in labor, are placed on Pitocin, a medication to help the uterus contract better. Any mother, doctor, nurse practitioner, or nurse-midwife knows that a contracting uterus will help deliver your baby. But sometimes, the Pitocin or contraction medication a laboring mother is placed on causes hyperstimulation of the uterus or too many contractions in a short period of time.

During any contraction, your baby is under a little bit of stress. That is OK. That is normal. It is something every baby goes through during labor. After a contraction is over, the baby has a chance to relax until the next contraction. But, there are times when a mother's uterus does not fully relax or the contractions are too frequent and the baby remains under stress, not getting the much needed blood, nutrients, or oxygen it needs. In instances like that, it is called uterine hyperstimulation or uterine hypertony.

Fetal monitor strips or baby monitors used during labor show just how much pressure or tension the mother's womb or uterus is placing on a baby. A nurse, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or obstetrician needs to be aware if the resting uterine pressure is too high or if there are too many contractions in a short period of time. Many times, the high pressure reading on the monitor will go unnoticed and untreated because the nurses or doctors think it is a false tracing instead of something wrong with the mothers uterus. If a high uterine pressure or too frequent contractions are not diagnosed or treated, it could lead to placental abruption, uterine rupture, or a lack of blood and oxygen to your baby. Any lack of blood or oxygen to your baby during labor can cause low APGAR scores, seizures, brain damage, neurologic damage, blindness, or cerebral palsy.

For the past 53 years, the experienced Philadelphia birth injury lawyers at The Beasley Firm have been successfully litigating pregnancy and birth injury cases with documented results. The Pennsylvania medical malpractice law firm is a nationally recognized catastrophic injury and wrongful death firm that has over $2 billion awarded for our clients. In addition to our experienced attorneys, we also have on staff two physicians and three registered nurses, two of them that specialized in maternal and neonatal care, in addition to decades of expertise that made us a leader in this field. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and settlements.

If you or your baby has been injured, please contact our skilled Pennsylvania birth injury attorneys at (215) 866-2424. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.


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