This is a term used to describe a baby who is not doing well inside the mother during labor. All moms are aware that two belts are placed on the stomach during labor. One is to monitor contractions and the other is to monitor the baby's heart rate.
When there is fetal distress, the baby's heart rate will go up at first and then will go down below normal levels. Doctors refer to these drops as decelerations or “decels.”
These decels can be a sign that the baby is not getting enough oxygen. If this goes on for too long, a baby can suffer brain damage from a lack of oxygen.
Before brain damage happens, a doctor should consider an emergency c-section. C-sections can be done fast before permanent brain damage.
At our firm, we have handled cases of brain damage after fetal distress. We have experience in reviewing the medical records of the baby's heart beat to determine when a c-section should have been done.
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