How to Cope With the Aftermath of a Birth Injury

Posted August 30, 2022 by in Lifestyle
newborn baby getting wrapped up in a blanket at the hospital

Preparing for the birth of your child is an incredibly exciting time in a parent’s life. If it’s your first child, it’s filled with joy, happiness and likely a little stress and worry. And while most parents recognize that the birthing experience can bring about some surprises, they are ready to roll with it and adapt at the moment. But what happens if there are more than just small surprises and your little one suffers a traumatic birth injury?

Here are some of the ways you can cope with the aftermath of a birth injury.

Get Your Little One the Care They Need

The first step will of course be to ensure your little one gets all the care they need. They need to be as medically safe and sound as possible, and then you can start discussing their treatment or expectations with their doctor or medical team.

It Can Be Wise to Contact a Lawyer

It can also be very wise to contact a child birth injury lawyer. Look for one that is experienced and knowledgeable and can walk you through the process of discussing your rights and your best course of action. Many offer free consultations where you can discuss your situation and the lawyer will be able to advise you on whether there is a case or not.

While winning a lawsuit doesn’t erase the birth injuries your child has suffered, it can award compensation that will help to pay for their medical care now and in the future. Some of the more common birth injury cases that are pursued deal with C-section errors, birth paralysis, cerebral palsy, birth asphyxia and shoulder dystocia to name a few.

The sooner you can contact the lawyer after the birth the better, as everything will still be fresh in your mind.

Emotional Support Will Be Extremely Helpful

Parents who go through a traumatic birth experience can be left in a very poor mental state. They may judge themselves, feel depressed, alone, hopeless and unsure of what to do next. Professional support can help immensely, giving each of you a way to work through your feelings, not judge yourselves and find a way to heal so that you can be strong for your little one.

This is also a good time to reach out to your emotional support group – your close friends and family. Talking about your feelings is healthy and what you need to do to heal.

Understand It Can Be a Long Road

It’s not what you want to hear but facing reality will be important so that you can accept your child’s medical condition and then move on proactively and positively. There likely won’t be a quick fix, and their birth injury is something that can affect their life permanently. This means treatment and healing can be a lifelong journey.

When your child suffers a traumatic birth injury it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It can be difficult to imagine things will ever feel okay or happy again, but with time, healing, kindness and support you can get there.