High-risk patients are identified during the prenatal period. Conditions that can make your pregnancy high risk include maternal obesity, hypertension, cardiac disease, blood clotting abnormalities, and gestational diabetes. During your prenatal care, these issues should be identified and treated by your primary care provider.
During birth, additional complications may arise. Complications like uterine rupture or cervical lacerations need to be treated immediately to avoid maternal injury. Your doctor, hospital staff, and all attending medical personnel have a responsibility to make your birth process safe.
When medical professionals fail to notice potential complications, your baby may suffer common birth injuries such as Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, and dystocia that can impact development and lead to life-long difficulties. You may suffer injuries like hemorrhaging or having an avoidable caesarian section. Most tragically, the risk of death is increased for both mother and child when these complications are not dealt with appropriately.