Maternal birth injuries* are injuries sustained by a mother as a result of childbirth. The type and severity of the injury depends on the circumstances of the birth, including whether the birth was natural, instrumental or caesarean section delivery. If the injury arises as a result of the negligent mismanagement of the pregnancy, labour and/or delivery, the mother may have a medical negligence claim against her healthcare provider and/or hospital.
Common examples of maternal injury include:
- Vaginal and perineal tears
- Incorrect suturing (stitching) following an episiotomy or caesarean section
- Neurological complications as a result of epidural or spinal anaesthesia
- Nervous shock