Misdiagnosis of Cephalopelvic Disproportion

If labor fails to progress, the true problem may be misdiagnosed as cephalopelvic disproportion. According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives via the American Pregnancy Association, true cephalopelvic disproportion occurs in one in 250 pregnancies. Many cases of labor complications may be misdiagnosed as cephalopelvic disproportion when in fact there is another issue. An Ohio medical malpractice lawyer can assist if medical negligence leads to serious injury.  

Reasons for Misdiagnosis 

Cephalopelvic disproportion is defined as when the baby’s head cannot fit through the mother’s pelvis. This means that the mother’s pelvis may be too small or misshapen or the baby is larger than normal. But in some cases, it may be a case of the baby being in an abnormal position that is causing the delay.

Meanwhile, there is controversy over the term “failure to progress.” There is no specific time measurement for labor and contractions. Doctors may have different ideas about what is an acceptable progression during the labor and delivery process. So if a particular doctor believes that a labor is not progressing fast enough, a diagnosis of cephalopelvic disproportion may be given.

If this misdiagnosis leads to a Cesarean section that causes injuries – or failure to address the true cause of the slow labor – an Ohio medical malpractice lawyer may offer consultation to parents affected by this potential case of medical negligence.

Contacting an Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawyer 

When improper handling of cephalopelvic disproportion results in preventable birth injuries, the doctor or other medical staff may be held liable. Mellino Robenalt LLC can help victims receive of medical negligence pursue compensation for damages they’ve suffered and we offer a free book, Was it A Mistake? Your Ohio Medical Malpractice Questions Answered. Contact us today at (444) 333-3800 or fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation to discuss how a misdiagnosis of cephalopelvic disproportion led to birth injuries.