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Postpartum Hemorrhage

Understanding Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) occurs when a woman has excessive bleeding after childbirth. It is a serious condition. If not detected or treated promptly, PPH puts the mother’s life in jeopardy. Postpartum hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and maternal death.

Postpartum hemorrhage is determined by blood loss greater than:

  • 500ml following a vaginal delivery
  • 1,000ml of blood loss after a Cesarean section
  • 1,000ml of blood in 24 consecutive hours during or following birth

What Factors Increase a Woman’s Risk for Postpartum Hemorrhage?

There are several risk factors for postpartum hemorrhage. These risk factors include:

If any of these risk factors are present, medical professionals should be prepared in advance to treat postpartum hemorrhage should it occur. They should also closely monitor the mother for signs of hemorrhage. Failure to detect, timely respond, and/or treat postpartum hemorrhage could result in serious injury or death to the mother.

What Causes Postpartum Hemorrhage?

Uterine atony, a condition in which the uterus fails to contract following the delivery of the placenta, accounts for most cases of maternal hemorrhage. Other causes of postpartum hemorrhaging include:

How Postpartum Hemorrhage is Treated

To treat the hemorrhage, a medical professional may:

  • Massage the uterus
  • Administer Medications
  • Repair Lacerations
  • Place Vaginal/Uterine packing
  • Administer Blood products
  • Perform procedure to stop blood flow to the uterus
  • Perform an Emergency hysterectomy

If PPH is not treated immediately and appropriately, the result may lead to long term health problems and/or maternal death.

Did You or a Loved One Suffer Injury or Death Due to Postpartum Hemorrhaging?

If you suspect your loved one suffered injury or died due to postpartum hemorrhaging, consider discussing your situation with our birth injury lawyers. You can call us at (877) 262-9767 or fill out our online contact form. Our attorneys handle cases nationwide, and have offices in Chicago, New York and Wilmington, DE.

The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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