Mothers Are Also at Risk for Getting Hurt During Labor and Delivery
Georgia Birth Injury Attorneys Discuss Pelvic Injuries
Many times when people talk about birth injuries, they talk about things that happen to an infant during labor and delivery. It is essential that we not forget that mothers are also at risk for getting hurt during labor and delivery. While a mother’s body is designed to return to its former shape and functioning (or close to it), many times labor and delivery leave a mother with changes in her body that she might not want to talk about - injuries to her pelvic area that can cause pain, a feeling of heaviness, flatulence, and incontinence.
So few women are willing to discuss their pelvic injuries that many new mothers who are experiencing pain, discomfort, or simply not healing like they thought that they would may not realize that they have an injury for which they could seek treatment. Most women do not understand that up to fifty percent of mothers develop some degree of pelvic organ prolapse during or after their baby is born. Pelvic organ prolapse can cause pain, a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic area, and urinary incontinence. Similarly, between twenty and fifty percent of new mothers tear their pelvic floor muscles off of the pubic bone during labor and delivery. Left untreated, that type of injury can cause long-term problems. Perineal tearing is also a birth injury, and between ten and fifteen percent of mothers experience a perineal tear that goes as far as their anus or even to their rectum.
Pelvic injuries are not something that many health care professionals talk about with pregnant women before the birth of their children. The reason why no one mentions the risk of pelvic injuries to pregnant women is that healthcare professionals believe that talking about the injuries would scare the women. However, according to data collected by an Australian physiotherapist, women would rather know about the risk of pelvic injury before they give birth so that they can know to seek help for it if it happens to them than be kept in the dark about it. Educating women about the risk of pelvic injury during pregnancy can also place them in a position where they could reduce their risk of pelvic injury by doing exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor during their pregnancies.
If labor and delivery left you with damage to your pelvic area, be sure to seek medical attention right away. Do not let the potentially embarrassing nature of what you are experiencing get in the way of pursuing the care and healing that you need to move forward with your life as a new mother. Many pelvic injuries can get treated successfully. While many pelvic injuries do not get caused by any negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the healthcare professionals who assisted you during labor and delivery, in some situations those professionals might be responsible for some or all of the damage that occurred. In cases where a health care professional might be liable for a mother’s pelvic injury, a Georgia birth injury attorney can help her pursue recovery for her injury so that she can focus on healing from her injury and mothering her child. To learn more, call the Georgia Birth Injury Attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law.
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