Fetal distress is a complication that can arise during pregnancy where the uterine environment becomes a threat to the baby's health. Generally, fetal distress is signaled by a very high or very low fetal heart rate. If a baby's oxygen supply is depleted, they may suffer brain damage, which may lead to serious medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy.
Some cases of Cerebral Palsy could have been prevented with proper monitoring of the fetus and mother. If a healthcare professional neglects to use a fetal heart monitor or the medical staff is not trained to correctly read and interpret the monitor itself, they may be held responsible in the event of birth injuries sustained by the infant.
Signs of Fetal Distress
In cases of fetal distress, it is important that healthcare professionals respond quickly to minimize the distress and reduce the chance of serious injury to the baby. Some signs of fetal distress include:
Causes of Fetal Distress
Fetal distress may arise as a result of a number of different factors involving both the pregnant mother and the actions of a healthcare professional. Fortunately, many of these dangerous circumstances can be prevented before the infant sustains any sort of birth injury. Some of the most common causes of fetal distress include:
Link to Cerebral Palsy
When a fetus does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen for an extended time, they will often suffer some form of brain damage. This can lead to the medical condition known as Cerebral Palsy, an abnormality of motor function caused by brain damage early in a child's life. Sadly, Cerebral Palsy can be the result of medical negligence during childbirth, especially when a healthcare professional fails to notice signs of fetal distress.