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When a woman is pregnant, it is impairative that a doctor carefully monitor the weight and size of the baby and the health of the mother. It is important that macrosomia be diagnosed before a baby is born so that the timing and management of delivery can be calculated. Ultrasounds, amniotic fluid levels, fundal height, and other measurement tools should be implemented to determine the size of the baby. If accurate testing is not used, a doctor may have deviated from the accepted standards of care and could be considered negligent.
The average baby weighs 7 pounds at birth. However, some babies grow larger than average and when a baby is more than 8 pounds 13 ounces at birth, they are considered large for their gestational age and this is macrosomia. High risk cases of macrosomia occur with babies that are 9 pounds and 13 ounces or more.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to this such as gestational diabetes, maternal obesity or other untreated health problems with the mother. Fetal weight should be monitored closely, especially in situations where the baby may be prone to be large.
During a vaginal delivery, larger than average babies may create a high risk pregnancy situation for both mother and baby. Macrosomia can place the baby at risk of birth injuries such as shoulder dystocia, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and other traumatic injuries. The risks to the mother include vaginal tears, uterine rupture, and excessive bleeding. Because the baby may be too large to pass through the birth canal, the baby could get stuck or not progress, causing an emergency c-section situation. At any time, the baby could be in distress, causing injury.
The answer to this question is not always clear, since some women who have no noticeable risk factors deliver larger than average babies. However, there are are certain factors that definitely contribute to macrosomia. Some of these risk factor include:
Failure for a doctor to detect, monitor, or treat any disorders that could cause macrosomia, is unacceptable. If a birth injury has occurred due to this type of medical malpractice, he or she should be held accountable.
If you or your child was injured during labor and delivery due to macrosomia, you have legal rights and options. At Willens Law Offices, we understand the complexities surrounding birth injuries and macrosomia. We will help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
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