The government has announced a £2.45 million review of maternity care in England. The shake up aims to prevent brain injury and death in childbirth. This is welcome news after a recent report found that at least 46 babies have suffered brain damage...
It’s not uncommon for women to experience minor tears when they give birth. These minor tears don’t usually cause any major or long-term problems and usually heal fairly quickly. However, some vaginal or perineal tears can be more severe, and these can take longer to heal, or cause other issues. The most severe tears can result in incontinence, significant pain and bowel or sphincter issues, with both physical and psychological consequences.
Not all perineal tears happen due to mistakes made with your care during your child’s delivery. However, it might be that your injury could have been avoided by the medical professionals who assisted during childbirth if they had acted differently or the level of care that you received may have fallen below acceptable standards.
If you have experienced a serious perineal tear during childbirth due to a mistake by the medical professionals who were responsible for your care, this may be considered medical negligence and you might be able to claim compensation for the injury you have sustained, as well as the negative impact that it has had on your wider health or quality of life.