What are the most common labor and delivery complications?

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2022 | Medical Malpractice, Uncategorized |

No West Virginia parent thinks complications might happen during labor and childbirth. Unfortunately, they could happen and cause babies to suffer birth injuries. These are the most common complications.

Preterm labor

One of the most common labor complications is preterm labor, which occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. Sadly, this problem affects many pregnancies. The earlier labor begins, the higher the risks to baby and mom. Babies can suffer from developmental disabilities and physical problems depending on when labor starts.

Labor not progressing

Having contractions should lead to labor progressing naturally. Sometimes, progression doesn’t happen for certain reasons. It could be due to the cervix not dilating, the baby’s head being too large or contractions being too weak and infrequent.

Placenta previa

Placenta problems are another type of labor complication. A common condition, placenta previa, occurs when the placenta covers part or all of the cervix. Women need immediate attention when in labor when they have this condition and require a C-section or they could hemorrhage. This could put the mother and baby at serious risk.


Preeclampsia is a type of high blood pressure that could affect pregnant women. The condition is more common in moms 35 and over. It could lead to many problems if the woman isn’t diagnosed and treated accordingly. Many babies have to be delivered through C-section due to the risks, which include stroke, seizures and more.

Umbilical cord issues

If the umbilical cord wraps around the baby’s neck, it might be an emergency situation. A C-section is necessary if there are any signs of fetal distress. In some cases, the doctor might be able to use assistive means such as forceps to help the delivery along.

Birth injuries can be serious. If your child suffered, you might want to know your options for fighting back.