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Failing to diagnose and repair a 3rd or 4th degree tear

Vaginal tears during childbirth can extend to the perineum and anal sphincter. If this happens, they should be recognised and repaired as soon as possible to prevent long term problems. This doesn’t always happen and a new mother can be sent home only to suffer distressing and embarrassing symptoms, such as pain, incontinence or urgency of bowels and bladder, flatus (wind), and difficulty with sexual intercourse and personal care. The injuries can also have a serious effect on a woman’s relationships and mental well-being.

Avoidable tears and pelvic trauma

Vaginal tears and trauma to a woman’s pelvic area is sometimes part and parcel of childbirth. But often, these problems can be avoided or reduced in severity with better management of a labour and delivery of a child. If a mother is asked to push for too long in the second ‘active’ stage of labour, particularly where it should have been known to the midwives and doctors that the baby was in a difficult position, such as ‘back to back’, or was expected to be large, then damage to the pelvic muscles can occur. This can lead to severe pain and serious consequences, such as prolapse and incontinence. Otherwise avoidable tearing can also be caused by improper use of forceps during deliver. Failing to perform an episiotomy to protect against tearing may also play a role, whilst not performing an episiotomy correctly or even at the right time, can also contribute to the risk of injury.

How can we help?

We are experts in birth injury claims and have acted for many mothers who have suffered these type of problems after childbirth. We can help you obtain compensation for your 3rd or 4th degree vaginal tear or pelvic injuries.


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