A woman’s cervix is supposed to dilate, or widen, when she gets ready to give birth. Unfortunately, in some women, a cervix dilates and effaces (grows thinner) too soon before she has carried the baby to full term. When a woman experiences this problem, it is referred to as cervical insufficiency.
Cervical insufficiency is a serious medical problem that can create a major threat to a baby if it is not caught and treated.
There are many possible outcomes of cervical insufficiency that goes untreated, depending upon when the problem develops. Some of the potential risks to your baby of cervical insufficiency include:
Each of these different consequences of a premature baby or a miscarriage can shape and change families forever. Babies may also experience other potentially fatal complications at birth as well, including problems with the heart or the intestine. The full extent of the consequences of the medical malpractice that resulted in the premature baby will vary, but in every case, doctors should be held responsible if their actions caused the cervical insufficiency to harm the baby.
Mario Cattabiani is the Director of Communications at Ross Feller Casey, LLP, a personal injury law firm based in Philadelphia. Visit http://www.rossfellercasey.com/news-wire/129 for additional information on the topic of cervical insufficiency.