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Can Giving Birth to Multiples Increase the Risk of Birth Injuries?

The birth of a child can be a glorious time, and it can be even more of a pleasure when a mother welcomes two or more children into the world. However, there a mother can be more at risk of complications when it comes to carrying two or more children. The Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC team is here to discuss the various complications a mother may face when giving birth to multiples.

Risks

Modern medicine has advanced tremendously in the past few decades. Through fertility treatments, mothers are now able to have twins and multiple births if their body allows. However, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, there are many complications babies and their mothers can face. Some of these complications include:

  • Preterm Birth - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 15 million babies are born prematurely, and around one million die due to preterm complications. Right now, premature birth is the leading cause of death for children five and under globally.
  • Birth Defects - A baby born with multiples has around twice the risk of developing a congenital abnormality like spina bifida and heart abnormalities.
  • Gestational Hypertension - This term refers to high blood pressure in pregnant women. When a woman carries more than one baby, they are around twice as likely to develop gestational hypertension, which can increase the risk of the early detachment of the placenta.
  • Miscarriage - A miscarriage can happen within the first trimester of pregnancy, but the risk is increased in later trimesters too.

Birth Injury Attorneys

If you or your loved one faced complications during birth due to errors, you should consider filing a birth injury claim. With a successful claim, you can receive compensation that will help cover medical expenses, accommodations, medication, and even emotional support.

For assistance with filing a claim, contact our legal office at (502) 242-8872 or visit our Contact Us page to fill out a consultation request form. The Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC team is ready to fight for you and your family.

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