While most expecting mothers in Massachusetts anticipate smooth deliveries, that does not always happen. Situations may arise during the birthing process, which necessitate medical intervention. Sometimes when childbirths are not progressing, health care professionals use tools, such as forceps, to aid in the delivery. Although the use of these devices can assist with difficult childbirths, they can also pose risks to both mothers and their babies.
Many of those with whom we've worked here at Donovan and O'Conner have had to live through the pain and suffering of losing a baby. Such a loss can be particularly traumatic when it occurs before a baby is even born. Pregnancy is a time when both mothers and their unborn children are most at risk for serious injuries. One such injury that often produces tragic results is a placental abruption. In this post, we'll discuss what a placental abruption is and the effect it can have on an unborn baby.