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Going into labour can be an exciting time for expectant mothers and their families. However, it can also be emotive and worrisome. With the number of births in 2010 reaching records of 723,165 live births, a rise of 2.4 per cent from 2009, it is alarming to hear that in England and Wales there is a significant shortage of midwives.
There are numerous complications that can occur in labour, which include:
1) Perineal Tears – The Perinea is the area between the anus and the vagina. Injury can occur during the birth especially if the baby's head is very large, or if the baby is in breach position. Perineal tears differ in degrees of severity, and need to be dealt with quickly and effectively in order to prevent long-lasting impacts. First degree tears can often be repaired by suturing. Third or fourth degree tears can extend to the anal sphincter, and need to be dealt with by specialist treatment. However, perineal tears may occur as a natural consequence of childbirth, and not all tears (or treatment for them) will be negligent.
2) Episiotomy is an incision made through the perineum to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth. Whilst this is a common procedure, which many women require during child birth, complications can arise when the episiotomy is sutured incorrectly. This can result in bleeding, life-threatening infections, or rectal problems.
3) Caesarean (‘C-Section’) - Again, many women have caesarean sections for example if the baby in is the breach position or is in distress. However, there has been an increase in clinical negligence claims where mothers have required a C-Section as a result of negligent treatment which otherwise would have enabled them to have a vaginal birth. In addition negligence claims can be brought where injury has been caused to the mother and child as a result of the procedure being carried out negligently.
4) Retained Products of Conception - Mothers, who have been unfortunate enough to suffer a miscarriage, could be at risk of retaining products of conception. After miscarrying, the placenta fails and the uterus contracts to expel the unwanted tissues, causing bleeding and pain. Sometimes, some tissues can stay inside the uterus causing heavy bleeding and the risk of infection.
5) Psychiatric Injury - Some mother can sustain psychiatric injures as a result of a traumatic birth.
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