Fetal asphyxia is a broad term that includes any asphyxia during, before, or after the birth process that is sufficient enough to cause neurological damage in newborns. In layman’s terms, it occurs when a newborn’s body does not receive enough oxygen. This inadequate oxygen supply usually leads to hypoxia—a condition where a portion of the body, such as its organs, does not receive enough oxygen. It may also include acidosis, which is where the body builds up too much internal acid. Fetal asphyxia can cause serious birth injuries for newborns.
What Are Some Common Causes of Fetal Asphyxia?
Generally speaking, the causes of fetal asphyxia are a result of interference with the blood supply. This can take several forms.
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The days after a newborn is born should be filled with hope and celebration, not medical visits and concerns about neurological birth injuries or the long-lasting impact of fetal asphyxia. Birth injuries can have lifelong consequences, and while it’s not always possible to undo the damage, it may be possible to obtain financial support for care and treatment. If you believe that the medical staff was negligent during the birth of your child, which in turn led to birth injuries, we are here to help you navigate your options. Contact us today for more information about what might be the best strategy for obtaining compensation from the liable parties.