Embarking on starting a new family is an exciting time, but for millions of women, it is also a painful and confusing time. Childbirth injuries and postpartum pain, including urinary incontinence, back pain, tailbone pain, pelvic pain, prolapsed bladder, numbness, and fractures in the pubic bone are common, but this does not mean they should become the norm. Unfortunately, they often go undiagnosed and untreated after childbirth, and many obstetricians are actually not trained to evaluate pelvic floor muscles or nerves. This leaves patients to suffer in silence, without knowing what might be wrong or if the pain will ever end.
During the course of childbirth, most women experience perineum tearing, which is classified into four different groups. First and second-degree tears occur in the skin, whereas third and fourth-degree tears occur in the skin and muscle, causing further pain and incontinence. In some cases, a doctor might cut the perineum on purpose during delivery, which is known as an episiotomy. While performing an episiotomy, a nerve can be severed, which can result in neuroma, an extremely painful condition.
Another common birth injury are pelvic hairline fractures. If a woman’s pelvic floor muscles are damaged during labor, they can potentially pull on the pubic bone, creating tiny fractures.
While these injuries are common, the pain associated with them should not be considered the new normal for mothers. These symptoms and side effects are not normal and should be addressed by a doctor. If you are a new mother who is experiencing any of the aforementioned side effects after childbirth, do not suffer them in silence. Postpartum recovery should not be taken lightly.
Birth injuries are often the result of medical negligence and should not be ignored. If you are a new mother who was injured during childbirth and are experiencing pain and discomfort, you might be eligible for compensation. For over 70 years, the Southfield birth trauma experts at Fieger Law have fought for the rights of injured victims across the nation.