- Birth Injuries: The Effects of Traumatic Birth Syndrome
- January 24, 2018
The birth injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter Angelos discuss the causes and effects of traumatic birth syndrome.
The act of giving birth should always be a magical and joyous occasion for expecting parents. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Birth injuries do happen. Serious complications during labor and errors made by the delivery team can have lifelong effects on your child and your family. While, specific complications and errors can be credited for several birth injuries such as cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy, there are many other problems that arise from complications and errors during childbirth.
What is Traumatic Birth Syndrome
Traumatic birth syndrome is a form of PTSD that develops after childbirth involving a traumatic experience. It is different and distinct form of post-partum condition that can take a large physical and emotional toll on the mother, her child and their family. Having a normal birth experience is challenging enough, but, the added stress when something goes wrong can cause both parents and child to suffer physically, mentally and emotionally, especially when it is caused by the error of a trusted healthcare professional.
Causes and Effects for Traumatic Birth Syndrome
As mentioned above traumatic birth syndrome is a result of a traumatic experience during childbirth. This can develop because of incidents such as severe tears, assisted births, surgical procedures, still birth, birth injuries and even a disconnect between what you envisioned after counseling and the actual experience.
The effects of traumatic birth syndrome vary, it can be physical, emotional, psychological or even a mix of the three. Physical effects such as scars and infections are easiest to identify, but often they are not the most severe. The deeper, internal struggles are what usually cause the most suffering for the mother. The emotional and psychological toll put on the mother can be very destructive to her and her family. The constant thought of the childbirth, the fear of giving birth again as well as a strained relationship with one’s partner and/or child can all be a result of traumatic brain syndrome.
The results of traumatic birth syndrome can lead to depression, anxiety and in some cases, can lead to a more severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Obtaining Justice and Fair Compensation.For families who have suffered through a traumatic birth experience, it may not seem like there are many options for recovery. Of course, It is important to seek out medical and psychological help for any injuries or distress that you may be suffering from after your delivery. However, it is also important that you understand your legal options, as you may be able to seek legal redress for the emotional, physical and psychological trauma you have suffered. An experienced an skilled birth injury attorney will be able to evaluate your claim, and help you on the road to recovery and healing.