What Are The Causes And Repercussions Of A Delayed Delivery Childbirth?


Whether you’re preparing to give birth to your first child or your seventh, childbirth continues to be a scary thing. It might feel like there are millions of things that can go wrong, and that’s a feeling that can be very disconcerting.

This feeling can be heightened and get even worse if you end up having doctors who don’t seem willing to pay attention to and worry about the specific things you need while you’re pregnant.

If you think you or your child has been the victim of delayed delivery childbirth, then this article is for you.


What Is A Delayed Delivery Childbirth?

Delayed Delivery Childbirth (DDC) is also sometimes known as the failure to progress. Although medical science is still unsure about how and why this happens, they’ve determined that it can occur for a variety of reasons.

If you experienced delayed delivery childbirth and it wasn’t properly treated, you may have been at more risk than you imagined. DDC can result in serious and potentially life-threatening injuries to you and your child, and no one wants that!


What Are The Causes Associated With A Delayed Delivery?

Doctors and other medical professionals still don’t know exactly what might cause a pregnancy to last much longer than estimated. Sometimes, it’s something as simple as a miscalculated due date, but other times, there might be pre-existing conditions that can extend the time that you’re pregnant.

Most of these are things that a doctor should have caught and informed you of so that you can be prepared and so that you won’t be at as much risk. 

Some of these factors include (but please keep in mind that they aren’t limited to the following, so be willing to do further research):

  • A family history of a delayed delivery
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Having a male child
  • Maternal obesity
  • A cervix that does not properly dilate
  • Overdue pregnancy (when you go over a gestation period of 42 weeks)
  • Congenital deformities of the pelvis or tailbone
  • Unusual presentation of a child (i.e., breech position)
  • One or both parents being of larger size and weight
  • A mother who is shorter than the national average (about 5’3” or less)
  • Maternal drug use
  • Severe pain during labor.

There are many other factors, but if you’re suffering from any of these, you might be more at risk of delayed delivery. A doctor must be upfront with the potential risks.


What Are Some Signs Of A Delayed Delivery Childbirth?

On top of the already-mentioned potential causes, several other symptoms and signs might indicate a delayed delivery. These include (but again, are not limited to):

  • Less than three contractions (that last less than 40 seconds) that occur within ten minutes
  • Dilation of the cervix that dilates at a rate of less than 1cm/hour for two hours in a row
  • No change (or little change) in the baby’s progression into the birth canal after the mother has been pushing for three hours with a fully dilated cervix (10 cm)

If you experienced any of this, you might have been in more danger than you realized. As such, you might have a birth injury medical malpractice case on your hands.


What Are Some of the Consequences Caused By A Delayed Delivery Childbirth?

If you suspect you might have been a victim of delayed delivery childbirth, you and your child might be experiencing some side effects.

If you or your child are suffering from any of the following effects, please contact a doctor and a birth injury attorney today.

Some consequences include (but once again, they are not limited to):


Delayed Delivery And Medical Malpractice

It can be heartbreaking to discover that your child might have to live the rest of their life differently from neurotypical individuals. Read through the following list and see if anything on it sounds familiar.

If any of the upcoming items sound familiar, it might be that you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, and would benefit from getting in touch with an experienced delayed c-section lawyer.

Did your doctor:

  • Make a delayed decision to perform a Cesarean section?
  • Fail to monitor for and/or detect fetal distress?
  • Improper use of a vacuum extractor or forceps?
  • Fail to administer oxygen to a newborn in distress?
  • Fail to diagnose a pregnancy-related medical condition such as gestational diabetes?
  • Fail to detect and address certain fetal conditions that may cause a delayed delivery?
  • Miscalculate the baby’s size, leading to delivery complications?
  • Improperly administer Pitocin or Cytotec, which are medications used to induce labor?
  • Fail to enlist the help of obstetric specialists to assist you with a high-risk pregnancy?
  • Fail to recognize when a child is in a breech position?
  • Fail to move forward with vaginal delivery?

If this is the case for your specific situation, please reach out to a lawyer and see if you have a case to receive aid for your neuro-divergent child. The birth injury lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt are experienced with birth complications and will fight for you to get the compensation you and your family deserve. Call today at 866-357-8614 or fill out our form here for a free consultation concerning your case.