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Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage refers to bleeding after delivery in situations in which more than 500 ccs of blood is lost following a vaginal delivery or after 1000ccs of blood is lost following a C-section.

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Sadly, there are some maternal deaths that occur during the delivery process that are linked to postpartum hemorrhaging. Any woman that has a pregnancy beyond 20 weeks of gestation has the chance of developing PPH. If birth led to bleeding after the labor process and it was improperly treated, or if PPH that ultimately claimed the life of the mother and you have lost a loved one, you should consult with maternal death attorneys like those working at our law firm as soon as possible.

Protecting your rights and evaluating all of the evidence tied to this claim can be important for allowing you to put this unfortunate incident behind you. There are several different risk factors associated with postpartum hemorrhage. These include:

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  • Large size of the baby
  • Vacuum or forceps extraction
  • Failed labor progressions
  • Use of Pitocin
  • Retained placenta of the mother
  • Lacerations induced in labor
  • Hypertensive baby disorders
  • Placenta accreta

What Causes PPH?

The most frequent causes of PPH are known as the 4Ts: Trauma, Tone, Tissue, and Thrombin. Uterine Atony is the inability to tighten or contract the uterus, which causes non-stop bleeding. An infection or retained placenta is the most common cause of the uterine atony. Placental retention can stop the uterus from contracting and can cause constant bleeding with tissue concerns. As it relates to trauma, considerable bleeding can occur as the result of the large surge in blood supply to those areas during labor and delivery.

What Role Does a Doctor Play in Watching Out for PPH?

Close monitoring is extremely important for postpartum hemorrhage conditions. The mother's skin color, blood loss condition, uterine size, tone and blood pressure should be monitored closely by the doctors. A diagnosis of PPH must be made in a timely fashion to avoid maternal death. In the event that any medical staff believes that the woman's uterus has not tightened after delivery, they may try to stimulate contraction using massage.

If this bleeding continues, an IV may be used to administer both blood and fluids. Sometimes doctors, however, are negligent in their management of postpartum hemorrhaging. When a medical provider is negligent, they have a responsibility to identify this situation and treat the basis of the bleeding. If they fail to take this action or do not comply with other standards of care associated with PPH cases, you may be eligible to pursue wrongful death compensation.