During prenatal care, some women receive special tests by their obgyn called a non-stress and a biophysical profile. A non-stress test is done by putting monitors on the mom's stomach to see how the baby's heart rate is. The results are measured as being reactive or non-reactive.
If the test is non-reactive that can be a concern that the baby is not doing well. Doctors should then perform a detailed ultrasound called a biophysical profile. This test measures the baby's breathing, movement, tone, and the level of amniotic fluid.
The results of the biophysical profile are measured on a scale from 0-10. If the score is 6 or lower, or if the amount of fluid is low, more evaluation is needed, especially to determine if delivery of the baby is required. If there are poor results from these tests, a baby could be experiencing low oxygen. This can lead to brain damage or death.
At Frank Spector Law, we have handled cases where there was a delay in delivery after bad non-stress tests and biophysical profile results. Those babies suffered cerebral palsy and brain damage.
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