Few things are worse than losing a child. When you never really got to even meet that child, you may experience the loss even deeper. You managed to make it to 20 weeks, and you may even have found out the sex of your baby before something went terribly wrong.
You may have lost your child like other parents here in California, but unlike them, you had yet to deliver your baby when he or she died. You had to deliver your baby naturally, by C-section, dilation and evacuation, or induction of labor. Your body needs to heal, and so do you. However, before you can, you want answers.
What could have led to the stillbirth of your baby?
This is more than likely the primary question you want an answer to. Below are the possible reasons why you lost your child:
- You suffered complications during your pregnancy, such as preterm labor or preeclampsia.
- If there were problems with your baby’s umbilical cord, such as a knot in it, your baby’s blood and/or oxygen supply could have become compromised.
- Complications during your labor or delivery could have also compromised your baby’s blood and/or oxygen supply.
- Fetal growth restrictions, birth defects and genetic conditions could have contributed to your baby’s demise.
- If you contracted an infection, it could have become serious enough to jeopardize your baby’s life along with yours.
- The placenta could have separated from your uterus, develop blood clots or swollen to a dangerous level.
These are some of the issues your medical team should have monitored you for during your pregnancy. If you contracted an infection, your medical team should have properly diagnosed and treated it. If you exhibited signs of a pregnancy complication, your medical team should have taken the necessary precautions to safeguard your and your baby’s health.
If you suspect your doctor missed something or failed to give you the standard of care you and your baby deserved, it may be worth investigating. If a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding your baby’s death reveals a mistake, you may have an avenue of recourse. Medical malpractice claims are notoriously challenging, but fortunately, you don’t have to go through the process alone. An experienced California attorney can inform you of your rights and legal options going forward.