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How doctors diagnose fetal distress

Posted on March 26, 2015 3:48 pm under Medical Malpractice

Fetal distress occurs when the blood flowing to the placenta has been significantly reduced or is blocked. Because fetal distress might cause a life-long medical condition among babies when left untreated, it is imperative for medical practitioners to determine whether a baby is at risk of fetal distress for prompt medical intervention.

Babies that have an abnormal heart rate, are moving less, and have meconium (baby’s poop) found in the amniotic fluid should immediately be screened for fetal distress:

  • Contraction test – A medicine would be given to induce contractions, and the baby’s heart rate would then be checked for fetal distress
  • Ultrasound – This imaging test gives the doctor an idea of how normal the baby is, his breathing movements, and whether the amniotic fluid level is too high or low
  • Non-stress test – This test requires that the baby be monitored for a certain period of time to see if there is any abnormality in heart rate whenever he moves

If you think the medical practitioner’s failure to perform the necessary diagnostic steps in accurately detecting fetal distress caused your baby to suffer from injuries, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can look into your situation to see if it qualifies for a claim. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900, and tell us more about your situation.