Most women go through labor and delivery without any issues. For some, problems arise during this stage of pregnancy that can be fatal. The team that’s caring for the woman must work hard to ensure that she and the baby are safe. One way to do this is to monitor vital signs.
Unfortunately, there are some instances in which signs that something is wrong are missed. These can prove to be fatal in many cases. Placental abruption is one notable example.
What is placental abruption?
Placental abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterus before the baby is born. This can happen completely or partially. It can cause serious bleeding in the mother and decreases or blocks the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the baby.
This condition usually occurs during the third trimester. It can happen during labor and delivery or before. The most common sign is very intense uterine and back pain that starts suddenly. The woman may also experience these symptoms:
- Tenderness of the uterus
- Rigidity of the uterus
- Contractions, often happening rapidly
- Vaginal bleeding
It’s possible to save the woman and the baby when placental abruption occurs, but the medical team will have to pay close attention to the symptoms so they can begin treatment. This involves delivering the baby and getting the bleeding under control. Blood transfusions are sometimes needed. In rare cases, the woman will need a hysterectomy.
Sadly, the mother or baby could die if placental abruption isn’t treated. When a woman or her baby is harmed or dies because of negligence by a medical professional, it may be possible to seek compensation to help cover the financial damages.