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Uterine Ruptures Can Threaten Lives Of Mother and Baby

December 12, 2018 by James McHugh, Jr.
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The birth of a new child is usually a moving and heart warming occasion, especially for the new parents, with many family members around counting down the minutes until the new addition is born. What many people don’t talk about prior to and during the birthing process is the risk of uterine ruptures, which can happen during childbirth. These occurrences can instantly turn what a happy and jovial moment into an utter nightmare.

Uterine ruptures are rare in relation to the number of births overall; but mothers who have previously given birth via a Cesarean section or C-section are at an even greater risk. After having a C-section, the post birth healing process can create surgical scar tissue in the uterine wall, which can increase the risk of a later rupture.

A current example of uterine rupture that was thrust in the public eye occurred earlier this year when country music star Walker Hayes and his wife Laney ultimately lost their unborn child when a rupture occurred. Over the summer, they were eagerly looking forward to the birth of their seventh child; however, a previously unnoticed weakness in Laney’s uterine wall led to a massive tear during the delivery process, thus expelling the baby into the mothers abdominal cavity where it was then prematurely disconnected from the placenta and deprived of blood flow from the mother.

These horrific instances happen to mothers across the United States. The rate of occurrence for a uterine rupture in women who previously delivered via C-section is as high as 1 in 200. For women who have had two or more prior C-sections the rate of rupture climbs to 1 in 26, according to the American Family Physician.

There are a variety of symptoms associated with uterine rupture, including:

  • Excessive vaginal bleeding
  • Sudden pain between contractions
  • Contractions that become slower or less intense
  • Abnormal abdominal pain or soreness
  • Recession of the baby’s head into the birth canal
  • Bulging under the pubic bone
  • Sudden pain at the site of a previous uterine scar
  • Loss of uterine muscle tone
  • Rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, and shock in the mother
  • Abnormal fetal heart rate
  • Failure of labor to progress naturally

Unfortunately, an official diagnosis of a potential uterine rupture can only be made during surgery. A doctor or physician who fails to properly diagnose or treat a ruptured uterus can be liable for damages caused by their medical malpractice and/or misdiagnosis of the condition.

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