While every new birth involves bleeding, a small percentage of deliveries escalate to what’s considered “excessive bleeding” — a phrase that sounds vague to most people but which the medical community quantifies as more than 500 cubic centimeters (cc) of blood in vaginal delivery and more than 1,000 cc for a Caesarean section. When a woman loses this amount of blood in the process of her labor and delivery, there can be serious, even long-lasting, consequences, both for her and for her baby.
When a woman enters labor, she has uterine contractions that help push the baby and the placenta out. After that, contractions continue to help compress the bleeding vessels where the placenta had been attached. If those contractions aren't strong enough, the vessels will bleed freely, and a hemorrhage will occur.
Various conditions can increase a new mother's chances of excessive bleeding, including:
Women are also at risk for excessive postpartum bleeding when:
So what exactly happens when a mother bleeds too much during delivery? Whether she loses too much blood because of cervical tearing, improper surgical technique, or uterine inversion, how is her health affected over time? How is her baby’s? To help answer those questions, here’s a look at a few of the possible long-term consequences of excessive bleeding in delivery.
The bottom line with delivery-related bleeding is that too much bleeding is serious. This is why physicians and health professionals must understand the ramifications of excessive blood loss and take proper precautions to protect both mothers and babies.
You may be entitled to monetary compensation if your wife had excessive bleeding due to a doctor's error or medical malpractice when your child was born. We know there is nothing that can mitigate your grief, but we can help you recover financially. Childbirth can be expensive on its own. You may have funeral expenses and medical bills if you've lost your spouse. Let our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia help you help your family.
At Ross Feller Casey, we have a national reputation for helping families during this difficult time. We have an unmatched record of winning all kinds of medical malpractice cases, including multimillion-dollar recoveries in lawsuits involving postpartum hemorrhage deaths.
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