Obstetrics - Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Obstetrics is the practice of caring for pregnant women, from basic prenatal care and tests, throughout the entire birth process. Most obstetricians are also gynecologists. We have a number of experienced obstetrics medical malpractice lawyers who handle a variety of personal injury compensation claims that involve gynecological and obstetric issues relating to negligent practice.
Obstetric Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Our team of medical negligence lawyers handles a variety of personal injury cases, of which, many relate to complications from the practice of obstetrics. If you would like a free, no obligation consultation, please contact us today for more information. A medical malpractice lawyer will handle personal injury compensation claim settlements that deal with the issues of gynecology and obstetrics arising when a physician has not administered proper care or treatment. If you would like to talk to one of our medical malpractice lawyers who deals with claims relating to obstetric negligence, please use the contact form on this website or email our offices. We offer free advice with no further obligation in order to protect your legal right to claim compensation for personal injury caused by negligence. There are time limits to medical malpractice lawsuits and you should take legal advice from a specialist medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after the negligent event that caused your injury.
Patients first begin visiting an obstetrician during the first three months of pregnancy. During these visits, the doctor will use an ultrasound to verify the age of the fetus, and will order tests to type the mother’s blood and Rh factor. Tests for chromosomal abnormalities, cervical cancer, group B streptococcus, anemia, and sexually transmitted diseases will also be ordered.
Most of the time, pregnant women have monthly appointments with the obstetrician during the second trimester. Even more tests will be conducted at this time to determine if there are any chromosomal abnormalities, or neural tube defects. It is at this time that the sex of the baby may also be determined.
Once the woman has reached her third trimester, the obstetrician will verify the size, weight, and measurements of the fetus. Specialized tests for glucose tolerance will be administered to check for gestational diabetes, blood pressure will be monitored, and the fetus’s heat rate will also be monitored.
Obstetricians use ultrasounds the most to judge the general health and well being of the fetus. Since the amount of fluid around the fetus is quite important, as is the shape and development of the heart, ultrasounds provide a clear image to assess these issues. They can also be used to guide the needle for an amniocentesis or CVS test.
Obstetricians can also manage emergency procedures that may be required during pregnancy, such as if the pregnancy is deemed to be ectopic. Other issues such as seizures, preeclampsia, and placental abruption can also be handled to protect the mother and reduce fetal distress.
The obstetrician will also help the patient with the actual process of giving birth. This could mean performing a caesarian section or assisting with a vaginal delivery. The obstetrician can also induce labor if need be by administering doses of medication such as pitocin or oxytocin. Labor induction is only done in certain circumstances, and is only required if the pregnancy is in trouble, or if it has lasted for far too long a period of time.
The caesarian section is a common procedure that is done anytime labor is taking too long or there is a problem with the labor, the baby is too large to be delivered vaginally, the baby is in distress, or there is more than one baby. The procedure is done by making a low incision in the abdomen, with a second incision in the bottom of the uterus. The baby is then removed through the incision. It is sometimes requested by the mother that a tubal ligation be performed at the time of the caesarian section. A tubal ligation can also be requested if the woman is not pregnant and is done through a small incision called infraumbilical incision.
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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here