Birth Injuries: Dangers of HELLP on maternal health and mortality

On behalf of Wilt & Thompson, PLLC on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

When you hear about pregnancy and childbirth in Louisville, the first things that often come to mind are joy and happiness at the thought of a new life coming into the world. Very rarely do you hear about birth complications that endanger an expectant mother’s life. While there are many beautiful things about pregnancy, there is also another side to consider – birth injuries and complications.

If you are thinking about starting your family or are expecting a new addition, you pay close attention to your physical and emotional health and well-being. You should also learn about complications that can occur during pregnancy and childbirth that could affect you and your unborn child, such as HELLP or hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count. To better understand the risks of the condition, check out one woman’s story.

HELLP is a life-threatening condition that affects many expectant mothers every year. One expectant mother did not realize she suffered from the condition until she started experiencing the symptoms of high blood pressure and fatigue. It was not until she went in for her 36-week checkup and her obstetrician did a blood test. After undergoing aggressive treatment to prepare her for delivery, her baby was born. Mom was not out of the woods yet. The first part of her postpartum recovery was spent on bedrest adjusting to the effects of the condition on her health.

Expectant mothers should pay close attention to their bodies and demand additional professional opinions when they suspect things are not right with their pregnancies. Many women do recover from HELLP, but the effects can be long-term and life-altering. It can occur suddenly, and without immediate treatment, maternal and fetal death can ensue. HELLP is a treatable condition. Usually, the symptoms resolve after childbirth. In rare cases, moms can continue to experience symptoms and may require further medical intervention, such as blood transfusions and lifelong blood pressure treatment.

If you are currently expecting, keep an eye out for swelling, nausea, vaginal bleeding, spotting, and pain in the shoulder, chest or abdomen. The birth injury attorneys at Wilt & Thompson, PLLC, offer legal assistance and can help you hold the medical team who oversaw your pregnancy and delivery accountable for their negligence. Our team can also help you seek compensation for your pain, suffering and other compensable factors, answer your questions and help you come to terms with your situation. Time is of the essence. Contact Wilt & Thompson, PLLC today for a free consultation.


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